DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton police officer was taken to the hospital late Tuesday afternoon after being dragged by a suspect’s vehicle.
According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, the incident happened just before 5 p.m. in the area of Maywood Avenue and South Gettysburg Avenue.
Lt. Randy Beane with the Dayton Police Department tells 2 NEWS officers were responding to an unrelated call in a separate location when the driver of a stolen vehicle jumped over a curb and tried to run the officers over. Two male suspects were inside the car, Lt. Beane said.
“The officers were clearly targeted just for being police officers,” Lt. Beane said.
They pursued the car for a short time, but the suspects were able to get away.
Later on, a call came in referencing the same vehicle. The suspects were seen exiting that car and getting into a different one.
“The stolen vehicle was recovered a short time later,” Lt. Beane said. “And someone called in because they believed it was suspicious.”
Detectives were able to locate the second car and attempted to make a traffic stop.
The officers pulled the driver over, and at least two male occupants were inside and refused to get out, Lt. Beane said.
When the two officers tried further to take the suspects into custody, a struggle ensued, and one suspect was able to get into the driver’s seat and put the car into drive.
Both of the officers were dragged by the car as it pulled away. One of them was able to break free and was not hurt, but the other officer was dragged about 50 yards, according to Lt. Beane.
The injured officer was taken to Miami Valley Hospital to be treated for road rash and other non-life threatening injuries, Lt. Beane said.
“It’s where I grew up at, and the vast majority of the people are decent people,” said James Owensby, who lives in Dayton.
Owensby told 2 NEWS he is troubled by the incident.
“We need to pray,” he said. “We have to pray. It still works.”
Police did not immediately release a description of the suspects or the vehicle they are searching for.
The incident remains under investigation.Grab the FREE WDTN News App from the Apple Store or Google play. Stay up to date with all the local news, weather and sports as well as live newscasts and events as they happen.