Jan 152014

Polymnia and St. Charles (map via NOPD)

Polymnia and St. Charles (map via NOPD)

A New Orleans police officer was hit by a SUV that he tried to stop on St. Charles Avenue early Wednesday morning, and he fired his gun at the vehicle before it fled, authorities said.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was working an off-duty detail at a hospital near St. Charles and Polymnia around 1 a.m. Wednesday, when he saw an SUV “backing into the rear parking area of a closed business,” said NOPD Officer Garry Flot, a departmental spokesman. The officer got out of his vehicle, as did the driver and a passenger of the SUV, and they spoke, Flot said.

“The officer felt unsafe and as he was walking back to his vehicle requesting back up, the driver and passenger entered the SUV,” Flot said. “The driver of the SUV drove towards the officer, struck the officer with the SUV at which time the officer fired his weapon at the driver of the SUV. The driver and passengers fled the scene.”

Police do not know if the officer’s shot hit anyone in the vehicle. It is described as a gold Chevrolet Trailblazer with possible gunshot damage to the passenger side, Flot said. Three people — two white men and a white woman — were inside at the time of the incident, Flot said.

The officer’s knee was injured, but he was expected to be released from the hospital, Flot said.

Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

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