Officer shoots motorist who hit him with his car

YOUNGSTOWN — A city police officer shot a motorist after the man struck him with his vehicle on the West Side.

Police Chief Rod Foley said the officer made a traffic stop at 11:53 p.m. Sunday on the corner of North Richview and Connecticut avenues. The driver hit the officer with his car while trying to get away, Foley said.

After being hit by the vehicle, the officer fired at the car hitting the driver at least one time, Foley said.

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

There was a woman in the car, but she wasn’t injured.

Charges are pending against the motorist — but not likely against the woman in the car — and the department’s internal affairs unit will conduct an investigation as they do when an officer shoots someone, Foley said.

The chief declined to provide the names of the people involved in the shooting until later today because charges haven’t been filed. Foley said the officer was not seriously injured.

Check later today for further updates and see Tuesday's Vindicator for details.

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