A police officer in Alexandria was attacked by a suspected vandal and responded with gunfire Wednesday morning, officials said.

The officer, a 34-year-old female on the job for one year, was taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to the police department.

Alexandria Deputy Police Chief Shahram Fard told reporters in a brief press conference early Wednesday afternoon that the officer was the first to respond to a report of car vandalism near N. St. Asaph and King streets in Old Town. She was attacked by the suspected vandal, he said, and “in fear for her life” fired her service weapon.

No one was hit by the bullet. The suspect was taken into custody by other officers without further incident, Fard said.

The suspect was identified as Clyde E. Reynolds, 51, of no fixed address.

Fard said that in accordance with the department’s protocols, the officer will be placed on leave with pay. The incident is under investigation.