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Overnight Rochester traffic stop leads to officer hit; shots fired at suspect


ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- A Rochester police officer was injured after a suspect tried to run him over with his car early Wednesday morning in Northwest Rochester.

Police said an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on East Gate Drive around 2:10 a.m. Wednesday. The vehicle failed to stop and officers followed the car for approximately five miles. The suspect turned into the parking of Valley High Flats off of Kenosha Drive NW.

Police attempted to make contact with the suspect in the parking lot and that is when he reportedly drove his car toward an officer who was on foot. Police said the officer was thrown onto the hood of the suspect's car. The suspect then reportedly hit two squad cars. Police shot one round at the suspect, missing him. The suspect then ran away into a nearby field. Police then tased the suspect and they were able take him into custody. He is reportedly 26 years old and from Rochester.

Both the officer and the suspect were taken to Mayo Clinic for treatment of their injuries. Police said the officer suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

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