Pennsylvania cop dragged by car, reportedly shoots driver

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Highland Park, PA, United States (4E) – A Pennsylvania police officer and a suspect have been admitted in the hospital after a traffic stop Sunday night resulted to the shooting of the suspect and the wounding of an officer.

Authorities reported that two officers on a routine traffic stop around 9:54 p.m. on Stanton Avenue in Highland Park approached the vehicle, one officer went to the driver-side door and the other walked to the passenger side.

Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said the driver abruptly switched the car in drive and tried to take off. The officer on the passenger side attempted to stop the vehicle by reaching in to the gear but the suspect attacked him.

“The officer fired a weapon in self-defense and struck the driver several times,” added Donaldson.

The officer ended up being dragged more than 100 yards, before the vehicle slammed into a residence along Stanton Avenue.

It was reported that the unidentified driver, described as a black male in his 20s, has been operated on for multiple gunshot wounds. The officer is being treated for his arm and hand injuries.

Donaldson said Monday that police have not talked to the driver or the officer and “it was too early to determine charges the driver might face or to judge the actions of the officer.”

He emphasized that “We do know that our officers are permitted to fire in self-defense or in defense of others and the officer believed at the time his life was in danger, so he took this action.”

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