A Cranston police officer fired shots at a car that fled from a traffic stop.
NBC 10 News
Published: November 20, 2008
CRANSTON, R.I.-What was thought to be a routine traffic stop for a Cranston patrol officer late Wednesday night turned into something much more serious.
According to investigators, as the officer approached the car on Dyer Avenue, the driver began speeding off and struck him. Investigators said the car continued to speed away from the scene after hitting the officer.
Police said the officer fired his gun at the car and, according to the police chief, injured two people.
They said a short time later, officers from Providence and the Rhode Island State Police responded to the area of Terrace Avenue in Providence, where the car and its occupants were located.
The officer and the suspects were taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The names of the suspects and the officer involved have not been released.
At least one suspect is expected to face charges. Cranston police said the officer involved in the shooting has not returned to work.
The Rhode Island State Police and the attorney general's office are assisting Cranston police in the investigation.