Exclusive video: Officers shoot at car that apparently backed into NYPD officer in East Village of Manhattan


EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) — An NYPD officer was injured when he was struck by a vehicle following an attempted traffic stop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side Thursday night.

The wild chain of events began at 8:50 p.m. when officers on patrol tried to stop a black BMW sedan at East 92nd Street near Second Avenue. They wanted to stop the driver for a tinted windows violation.

Police said they smelled marijuana in the car, which was occupied by four people.

Suddenly, the vehicle attempted to ram the patrol car and fled south on the FDR Drive.

Officers tried to stop the BMW again at East 15th Street and the FDR. As police approached the car, it went into reverse and hit one of the officers.

He suffered injuries to his legs and arms and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

He was treated and released.

The vehicle was abandoned on the Houston Street exit ramp of the FDR, and the NYPD is looking for several people who fled.

Police say officers fired several shots during the incident and windows were shot out in the car.

Apparently, one of the suspects took himself to the hospital. That’s where the NYPD located the 20-year-old man.

So far, no charges have been filed.

The FDR Drive was closed south of 23rd Street for the investigation but has since reopened.

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