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Little Rock officer hit by car while pursuing shoplifter

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published January 7, 2013 at 12:18 p.m. Updated January 7, 2013 at 1:35 p.m.


Little Rock police investigate the scene at a Valero gas station on the corner of Baseline and Stagecoach roads in Little Rock, where one of their own was hit by a vehicle while responding to a shoplifting call.

Little Rock officer struck by car

A Little Rock Police Department officer suffered a concussion when she was knocked to the ground by a fleeing vehicle Monday, authorities said. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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— A Little Rock police officer has been taken to the hospital after being knocked to the ground Monday by a vehicle at a gas station in southwest Little Rock.

Little Rock Police Department Sgt. Cassandra Davis said it happened about noon at the Valero station at Baseline and Stagecoach roads. Davis said the officer was working an accident in the area when she received word about a shoplifting suspect at the gas station.

The officer, whose name has not been released, pulled around to the front of the business, got out of her patrol car and approached the suspect vehicle. Davis said the vehicle's door was open, and it continued to back up as she approached it, knocking her to the ground.

Davis said the officer suffered a concussion when her head hit the pavement.

The vehicle, a Honda Accord, fled the scene, but police located it at a gas station near Interstate 30 and Scott Hamilton Drive. The driver, who Davis said appeared to be about 20 years old and intoxicated, was taken into custody.

The initial report of the incident came when an employee of the business used the officer's police radio to alert authorities what happened.

"Until you get to the scene and find out what is going on, when you hear an officer down or you hear a civilian getting on an officer's radio, there's always some concern or alarm," Davis said at the scene.

Police initially said the officer was hit while working an accident.


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MenLR2 says... January 7, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.

Thumbs up to employee who helped the officer!

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LevyRat says... January 7, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.

Couldn't pay me enough to deal with these punks, drunks, thieves, etc. Thumbs up to all Police Officers in every city, we appreciate you!

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trainingman says... January 7, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

see here is another example, if the police officer would of shot this driver-then the cops are wrong and they are racist! The driver hit the police officer, is a law abiding person, goes to church 7 days a week and is a great person? What are the cops suppose to do? Pray with them?

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