A New York City police officer was struck by a stolen car Thursday in Queens and the suspect is being sought by police, according to a WNBC report.
The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Crescent Street and Broadway in the Astoria section of Queens.
Patrol officers stopped a Ford F150 pickup truck with Florida license plates after the vehicle was reported stolen. A law enforcement source said the truck also matched the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with an earlier robbery.
Police confirmed a woman was allegedly robbed Thursday afternoon of her purse by a man matching the driver’s description in nearby East Elmhurst. The victim reportedly told police that the man was driving a pickup truck with Florida license plates.
Two officer initiated the traffic stop and as the officers approached the car, the driver reportedly hit the gas and struck one of the cops. The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Police believe one of the officers fired his weapon toward the fleeing vehicle. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and it was unclear if the suspect fired a gun at the officers. Authorities are still investigating to determine exactly what happened. Investigators do not believe the suspect was struck by the bullets.
Sources said the vehicle’s rightful owner reported that a gun was inside the truck when it was stolen.
As a massive manhunt began, police found the truck abandoned nearby at 37th Street and 24th Avenue. It was unclear if the suspect crashed the vehicle or just ditched it.
As the investigation continued Thursday night, police closed the lower level of the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge for at least an hour.
The officer, whose identity was not released, was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition, the FDNY said. The other officer was also taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.
Police said the suspect, described as being a white male in his 60s with short cropped hair and glasses, was still on the loose Friday morning.