COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A Columbus police officer was injured after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon in southeast Columbus.
According to Columbus police, the accident happened at approximately 4:02 p.m. on Courtright Road and Seabrook Avenue.
According to officers at the scene, police were responding to a call for a person with a gun at approximately 2:20 p.m. and later discovered that suspect was driving a stolen car.
As officers looked for that stolen vehicle, it was found in a store parking lot on Courtright Road and Seabrook Avenue.
When officers were leaving their cruiser to approach the suspect, who police said was a juvenile, the suspect ran the stolen car into the cruiser, and then fled the scene.
The suspect was later arrested at a home nearby.
“With the combination of a stolen vehicle and a firearm and this suspect being a juvenile is a very deadly combination so yes we absolutely wanted to get him off the streets as quickly as possible,” said Columbus Police Sgt. James Fuqua.
Police said the officer suffered a broken arm and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
“This potentially could have ended much worse not only for the officer, but for the suspect, and we’re just thankful this came to a peaceful conclusion, but we don’t want this to be a recurring theme because there’s too many things that could have potentially went wrong this evening,” Fuqua said.
According to the Columbus Division of Fire, a police officer, not EMS, transported the injured officer to the hospital.
Fuqua said the incident is an example of one of the major crime issues facing Columbus.
“It just speaks to the level of stolen cars we continue to see in our city that are plaguing us and specifically happening by the hands of juveniles,” he said. “It is a situation that is to the point where we have to get a handle on it and it’s not just a police problem; at this point, it’s an entire community problem that this could have ended much worse today.”