MOUNDS, IL (KFVS) - A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the shooting of Mounds, Ill. police officer on Wednesday morning.
According to lllinois State Police, the teen was taken into custody after he went to an area hospital with a minor gunshot wound.
He was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a police officer with a gun.
Police say the teen was shot during the gunfire exchange with the officer and before he left the scene.
He's being held at the Franklin County Youth Detention Center on a $1 million bond.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department released the name of the officer shot.
Officer Lyle Womack, a K-9 unit officer who's served four years with the Mounds police department, was shot around 7 a.m. while responding to a report of an armed suspect trying to break into a home at 902 Third Street.
When the officer arrived, the suspect and officer exchanged gun fire, according to Illinois State Police.
Officer Womack is currently doing okay and recovering at home. Womack said he also fell into a bush that had poison ivy, which he is allergic to and said he is just "taking it easy."
Womack is unsure of when he will be completely healed or when he'll be able to return back to work, he said he's just taking it day by day.
Police had an area around 902 Third Street blocked off as part of the investigation. They also had the intersection of Oak and Sycamore streets blocked off.