HPD officer injured during traffic stop

HPD officer injured during traffic stop
Scene on Summit Street (Source: WHSV)

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - According to a press release from the Harrisonburg Police Department, the officer injured this morning while assisting on a traffic stop has been released from Sentara RMH and is convalescing at home.

During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle was asked to step out multiple times and refused, according to officials. The driver then turned and placed he car in dive as the officer and deputy attempted to pull him from the vehicle.

The vehicle and the driver were located in Bridgewater, where an arrest was made. The suspect, Tyrone N. Bookers, 39, of Bridgewater, was transported to Sentara RMH Medical Center for treatment prior to being taken to the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail.

The press release says that Booker has been charged with malicious wounding, obstruction of justice and eluding police. Additional charges are pending.

The investigation remains ongoing.

(UPDATE 10:10 a.m.) - Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson confirmed to WHSV the suspect was arrested Monday morning. Deputies took the suspect to Sentara RMH for a “precautionary medical evaluation.” The suspect’s name and mug shot will be released later today.

(ORIGINAL STORY 8:30 a.m.) - An officer with the Harrisonburg Police Department is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Lt. Pete Ritchie, the officer was hurt while assisting a deputy with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office on a traffic stop. The incident is said to have taken place along Summit Street - between E. Wolfe Street and E. Rock Street - around 5 a.m. Monday, October 5.

“At some point during the investigation the driver got back into his car and fled,” Lt. Ritchie said. “One of our officers was still in the car. The vehicle got away. Our officer was injured and was taken to RMH for treatment.”

The officer is being tested and evaluated.

According to Lt. Ritchie, the vehicle was recovered in the Bridgewater area. Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson tells WHSV the suspect was arrested.

At this time the officer’s name and the name of the suspect have not been released.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out with the officer that was injured,” Lt. Ritchie said.

HPD’s accident reconstruction team is expected to be on the scene for several hours to determine and document what happened during the traffic stop. That section of Summit Street will be closed to traffic during that time.

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