Police officer struck in Queens hit-and-run

The suspect is described as in his 60s and considered dangerous.
The suspect is described as in his 60s and considered dangerous.

Police are searching for the driver of a stolen vehicle who struck and wounded a police officer in Queens on Thursday night.

Officers on patrol in Astoria pulled over the black pickup truck with Florida plates that matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in a previous crime, NBC 4 New York reported.

As the officers approached the driver, the suspect drove off, hitting one of the officers.

Police fired shots at the vehicle, but the suspect is not believed to have been hit.

The truck was found a few blocks away from where the officer was struck.

Police say the vehicle was stolen from Florida. Officers had been searching for it after a 49-year-old woman reported that she had been robbed by the same suspect earlier in the day near 79th Street and Ditmars Boulevard.

The suspect is described to be in his 60s and is considered dangerous, NBC 4 New York reports.

The officer who was hit was taken to Cornell Hospital with minor injuries. The search for the driver briefly shut down the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge on Thursday night.



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