PHOENIX, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Phoenix Police officials say a suspect is still at large, after an incident Monday morning that sent a police officer to the hospital.
According to a statement released by Sgt. Vince Lewis Monday afternoon, the incident took place at around 8:12 a.m, on the 5200 block of W. McDowell Road. Police were en route to call at the time when they conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious car in the parking lot of a hotel. The car was occupied by an adult male driver and an adult female passenger. The officers approached the car on foot, and during the contact, the driver put the car in reverse and drove backwards, away from the officers, striking the patrol car.
Police say then, the suspect attempted to drive forward, but the path was blocked and the car stalled. One officer approached, opened the driver door, and tried to remove the driver from the vehicle. The officer's backup was standing behind him when the driver again put the car in reverse. The first officer was able to move out of the way, but the backup officer was struck by the open driver door, and was dragged by the car.
During the collision, police say the officer who was struck fired a round from his service weapon. The suspect then drove in reverse through the parking lot, and backed into a parked car. The car was then driven forward, where it struck the patrol car on the way out of the parking lot and onto W. McDowell Road.
The officer who was struck, identified by police as a 47-year-old man with 21 years of service, was taken to the hospital. The suspect's car was recovered near the 5300 block of W. Almeria Road.