Philadelphia officer dragged 5 blocks by SUV after questioning driver about gun: Police

Philadelphia officer dragged 5 blocks by SUV after questioning driver about gun: Police

2022-01-27 11:07:04

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A Philadelphia police officer was hospitalized after he was dragged for 5 blocks whereas inside a automobile following a visitors cease on Tuesday evening.

It occurred round 9:15 p.m. at 53rd Avenue and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia.

You would hear the panic within the police radio name.

“My accomplice’s trapped contained in the automobile!” stated one officer.

Police say a Nissan Murano being pushed by 25-year-old Amir Dickerson had an expired non permanent tag and its brake lights have been out.

The officer informed Dickerson to show his automobile off and he complied.

However when officers have been questioning him, they realized it appeared he had a gun in a sweatshirt pocket.

Police say when officers requested in regards to the gun, Dickerson instantly reached for the gun and the officers reached for his arm.

Police say Dickerson then turned the SUV again on and took off whereas a 30-year-old 18th district male officer was nonetheless partially inside.

The officer’s legs have been reportedly hanging out the motive force’s facet door.

“The male was reaching for the gun. Regardless that the police officer was telling him to only present his arms, do not attain for what seemed to be the gun, and he reached for the gun in a short time. The officer reached into the automotive to get management of the gun. That is when the male restarted the automobile and took off at such a excessive charge of pace, it dragged the police officer,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small stated.

The officer was dragged for about 5 blocks, greater than a half a mile, earlier than Dickerson collided with a number of parked automobiles and a big slab of concrete at forty eighth Avenue and Baltimore Avenue, police stated.

“Simply principally noticed a ton of cop automobiles pull up,” stated resident Mike Iannocone of West Philadelphia.

“It went at such a excessive charge of pace, the police officer greater than possible needed to maintain on for his life fairly than fall out of the automobile the place he might’ve been run over or killed or damage actually, actually dangerous,” Small stated.

The affect of the crash deployed the automobile’s airbags.

The officer was taken to an space hospital to be evaluated for non-life-threatening accidents.

Dickerson was taken into police custody. He was additionally evaluated at an area hospital and has since been launched.

Dickerson has been charged with Aggravated Assault, VUFA, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing Police, and different offenses.

No different accidents have been reported.

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