BALTIMORE - A police officer had to discharge his service weapon after conducting a routine traffic stop that ended with a shot fired and the officer being dragged, police officials said Wednesday night.
Just before 10 p.m. the officer pulled over a car for a traffic violation in northeast Baltimore. The driver tried to flee as the officer approached the vehicle.
The officer was dragged for "several blocks," a police spokesman said.
Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez explained the officer was dragged from just before Dudley Avenue to Shannon Drive.
The officer fired his weapon striking the driver who is in serious condition at a nearby hospital. The officer was also transported to a nearby hospital.
ABC2 News crews on the scene reported seeing a gray four-door car with what appeared to be multiple gun shots in the front passenger door. The car was also partially resting on what seemed to be a toppled-over pole holding street signs.
Police are interviewing a female passenger who was in the car at the time of the incident.
As protocol, the Baltimore City States Attorney's Office, along with other investigating agencies, were notified of the shooting and called to the scene.
Rodriguez said they "do not have a lot of answers" right now and plans to offer an update on Thursday morning.
ORIGINAL -- Baltimore police confirmed on Twitter that an officer was involved in a shooting in the northeastern district.
"Police Involved shooting: Shannon Drive & Mannasota Ave. PIO responded. Dispatched at 9:54PM," reads the message posted to the official Baltimore Police Twitter account .
No further details are known at this time.
Stay with ABC2 News for updates.
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