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Mesa PD: Driver shot after car strikes officer

Posted: 11:02 AM, Jul 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-21 17:02:19Z

Mesa police say an officer and a man were hospitalized after the man's car struck the officer during a traffic stop and that the officer then shot the man.

Police say the incident occurred early Saturday morning when police pulled over a man who was suspected of being impaired.
    
Police Department spokesman Steve Berry said the driver didn't follow officers' instructions and then reversed his car, striking one of the officers and a police car.
    
Berry said the officer dropped a stun gun before drawing his gun and shooting the driver.
    
The officer suffered what the Mesa Police Association called a minor leg injury. No information was immediately available on the suspect's injuries and no identities were released.