A drug suspect was wounded late Saturday after he tried to hit an officer with a vehicle, authorities said Sunday.
The officer fired multiple rounds at the suspect, who managed to drive away before crashing into another vehicle minutes later at Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway and Riverside Drive.
The suspect was taken to the hospital. Police did not release his name, and his condition was not available.
The officer, who received minor injuries, was taken to the hospital and treated and released, police said.
The incident began at shortly before 10:30 p.m. at Northeast 28th and Blandin streets, where the officer was conducting a drug investigation when he encountered the suspect and a fight began, police said.
The suspect got into his vehicle after the officer deployed his Taser, said officer Jimmy Pollozani, a police spokesman. He placed the vehicle in reverse, and the officer instructed him to stop, which he failed to do.
That’s when the officer fired at the suspect.
Officers located the suspect after the crash and took him into custody, and later transferred him to a hospital.
A motorist injured in the crash was treated at the scene.