A police officer was shot in the leg during a struggle with a suspect Wednesday night in Camden.

Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said the officer, who has been on the force for a year, was in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital.

Shortly after 10 p.m., the officer approached three individuals who were acting suspiciously at Eighth Street and Chelton Avenue when one man tried to run away.

The officer, who Scott Thomson declined to identify, caught the suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect pulled out a gun and fired a shot, striking the officer in the right leg, Thomson said.

The suspect was quickly apprehended without further incident and his gun was recovered.

Fellow officers responding to the scene applied a tourniquet to the officer's leg and rushed him to Cooper.

"It seems to be a through and through bullet wound to the upper right thigh," Thomson said.

"Thank God the situation wasn't worse," Thomson said.