NYPD officer struck by SUV fleeing traffic stop in Queens

JAMAICA, Queens (WABC) -- Authorities say an NYPD officer was struck by a driver fleeing the scene of a traffic stop in the Jamaica section of Queens.

The officer's partner fired a shot at the SUV as the driver fled.

The officers had pulled over the SUV, suspecting it was stolen, at Tuskegee Airmen Way and Sutphin Boulevard just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

As one officer walked to the vehicle, the driver took off, striking him and sending him rolling over the hood of the car

That is when his partner fired one shot at the fleeing vehicle.

The officer was checked out for minor injuries at Jamaica Medical Center.

No arrests have been made.

Police are still searching for the vehicle, described as a white 2018 Subaru SUV with New York license plates.

At least one eyewitness to the incident was critical of the officer who opened fire.

"The police shouldn't fire a shot because this is our community, and this is how we're supposed to live," the resident said. "You could hurt innocent people in my area also."

On Tuesday another NYPD officer was indicted for firing at a vehicle that was driving away back in February 2021.

Richard Delahanty is charged with reckless endangerment in that case.

The Bronx district attorney said the officer fired while multiple people were walking on the street, creating a risk of injury for others.

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