Police are looking for two males who dragged two Dayton police officers who tried to remove the suspects from a stolen vehicle just minutes after the same suspects tried to run over two other officers, Lt. Randy Beane said.
In the first incident, a vehicle jumped a curb and tried to run over two officers, he said. Beane did not say where that incident occurred.
Police found and seized that vehicle, which was empty. They soon learned the suspects had taken a second vehicle.
Minutes later, two police officers on an unrelated call at South Gettysburg and Maywood avenues saw the second vehicle and tried to initiate a traffic stop.
Beane said the suspects refused to get out and began fighting with the officers. One of the suspects managed to get into the driver's seat and sped off with both officers apparently hanging onto the vehicle.
"The vehicle dragged two officers approximately 50 yards," Beane said.
"One officer was able to get away. The other was dragged for a significant distance. He suffered some pretty serious injuries. He suffered road rash and other injuries."
The accident was reported at 5:30 p.m. at Maywood Avenue and South Hatfield Street, according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch.
The officer has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, Beane said. The officer reportedly had a head injury. Beane declined to release any information about either officer.
“The officers were clearly targeted just for being police officers,” the lieutenant said.
Beane said police are looking for that second vehicle. He declined to release any information about it.
News Center 7 is hearing the vehicle could be a 2007 dark blue Honda Odyssey minivan and the driver is wanted on a charge of felonious assault on a police officer, according to scanner traffic.