Hit by motorist, Youngstown cop fires shots at drive

YOUNGSTOWN — A police officer, hit by a motorist who struck him with his vehicle,

fired at least three shots at the driver, hitting him once in the abdomen area, chief Rod Foley said.

The motorist is recovering from the gunshot wound at St. Elizabeth Health Center, and will be charged — at least with felonious assault and resisting arrest — once he is released from the hospital, Foley said. That could be as early as Tuesday.

The injury isn’t life-threatening, Foley said.

The officer attempted to stop a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix for a traffic stop in the area of North Richview and Connecticut avenues on the city’s West Side at 11:53 p.m. Sunday.

The motorist didn’t stop as he drove through back yards, Foley said.

The officer then drove his cruiser, blocking the car, and got out of his cruiser to go to the Grand Prix, Foley said. It was then that the motorist struck the officer with his vehicle, Foley said.

The officer then fired at least three rounds from his handgun through the driver’s-side window, hitting the motorist once in the abdomen area, Foley said.

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Vindicator and Vindy.com

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