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Chicago officer dragged, pinned between vehicle during traffic stop

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Chicago Police Department is searching for a hit-and-run driver that left a Chicago Police officer in a critical condition during a routine traffic stop in Englewood.

According to the Chicago Police Department (CPD), officers stopped a black Chevy Impala during a traffic stop around 7:30 pm when the driver reversed his car and dragged an officer, pinning him between the offender’s vehicle and a viaduct.

During the incident, the officer opened fire which resulted in no hits, authorities confirmed. The officer then hobbled to a nearby SUV with the aid of his colleagues.

The critically injured officer was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center for treatment. The CPD on Saturday morning said that the officer was in "good condition."

In an eyewitness report, the suspect was hanging out of his car as he speeds by scraping her SUV.

"He had his door open like he was going to jump out of the car," Teccara Murphy said. "Flying up 63rd with the door wide open and I thought maybe he was going to get over but he didn't. He actually swerved into my lane, hit my car and continued", she added.

The incident remains under investigation.

Coincidentally, the hit-and-run happened just a few miles from where Officer Ella French was shot dead and her partner critically injured, during another traffic stop reported last week. One of the two suspects facing charges in Officer French’s murder was connected to a hit-and-run case from April in which a pedestrian was sent flying up against a stop sign.

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