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Police Officer Dragged By Vehicle In Northwest Baltimore

BALTIMORE WJZ -- A police sergeant was placed on life support Tuesday night after he was struck by a vehicle and dragged down a street in Northwest Baltimore, authorities said.

It happened shortly after 8 p.m. in the 5200 block of Park Heights Avenue, according to police. Police said the officer was doing a traffic stop when, at some point, the driver hit him and then kept going.

The officer was taken to Shock Trauma to receive treatment for his injuries. His condition was not immediately known.

"He is critically ill. He is on full life support," Dr. Thomas Scalea, the hospital's physician-in-chief, said of the injured officer.

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said the driver accelerated, dragging the officer and striking another vehicle along the way.

Witnesses told WJZ's Annie Rose Ramos that they saw an officer try to pull over a vehicle and then watched as that officer was dragged one to two blocks by the car.

Witnesses said they ran up to the officer as he lay in the street and all they could see was an officer surrounded by blood.

The Baltimore police union is describing the incident as a "vehicular assault" on an officer at Shock Trauma.

Officers in tactical gear and other officers shut down multiple blocks in Northwest Baltimore following the incident.

A caravan of roughly 10 police cars could be seen headed to Shock Trauma alongside an ambulance on Tuesday night.


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