A Homewood, AL, police officer, who sustained critical injuries when his patrol motorcycle collided with another patrol vehicle during a pursuit Tuesday, is hospitalized and reported to be in stable condition.
The Los Angeles Police Department said 30-year-old Michael Ortiz attacked an officer with a torch, sending the officer to the hospital with burn injuries.
A witness said the officer had stopped to help the woman who was lying in the street.
“The bike would have missed him and at the last second veered right at the officer, right at the officer. It's heartbreaking to me. It's heartbreaking in my department."
Around 10:15 p.m., a state patrol flight was requested to assist local law enforcement in Wabasha County. While pilots were returning from the assist, the helicopter was hit by a duck.
A second officer got involved in the scuffle and attempted to disarm the suspect as he swung the screwdriver.
Police say the officers were responding to a call in Dyker Heights when a BMW driver failed to yield at an intersection.
Another semi-truck had crossed onto the shoulder and hit him and his patrol car after not moving over to allow space for the stopped emergency vehicle, as required by Kansas state statute 8-1530.
A witness said the CHP vehicle was helping conduct a lane closure on the freeway when it was struck by an SUV going 90 to 95 mph.
"My cops are getting hurt trying to recover your property that, if it was locked, we wouldn't be in this situation. I wouldn't have five cops that are out sick and maybe career ending injuries," Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said.
According to police, the incident began when Officer Stevens made a traffic stop and asked 26-year-old Roy Nicholson to step out of his car after seeing a gun in the vehicle and smelling marijuana.
The Gainesville Police Department said the officers arrived and attempted to de-escalate the situation, but the juvenile began attacking them. The officers had to be transported to the hospital with injuries.
Police said the Houston officer was stopped near the middle lanes with his emergency lights on. A Toyota Tundra pickup truck that was being driven by an off-duty officer with Pasadena PD was traveling westbound and struck the HPD patrol unit.
Investigators say the patrol car was parked on the eastbound lanes of the freeway near Lawrence in Van Buren County while troopers investigated an earlier crash.
The suspect reportedly accelerated her car, smashing a police vehicle and hitting another before driving onto the interstate.
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