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Cops: Four officers struck by car in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- Four police officers were struck by a car driven by a fleeing suspect in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon following a violent struggle with the man, reports CBS Philly.

The incident began at about 2:17 p.m. at 9th Street and Olney Avenue in the city's Olney section, reports the station.

According to investigators, officers were called on the report of a car crash into a wall. When they arrived, they encountered an "incoherent" male inside the car, reports the station. Police told the station the man began to violently struggle with at least three officers.

The suspect reportedly broke free and jumped back into his crashed car, struck three officers and sped away. A short time later, several other officers encountered the male at Stenton and Ogontz Avenues.

There, the suspect struck another officer with his car. An officer fired, striking the male suspect in the chest.

He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

All four injured officers were treated at the hospital. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the officers were "banged up, but in good spirits," reports the station. They suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

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