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Jun 19, 2013 1:29 AM by Kassandra Lau

TPD Officer hit by police vehicle during suspect chase

TUCSON - A Tucson Police officer was hit by a TPD SUV on Broadway and Wilmot while pursuing a man wanted for auto theft Tuesday night.

According to Sgt. Maria Hawke, officers first encountered the man at a home on the 7000 block of E. Rosewood St., near Kolb Road and Speedway Boulevard. Officers responding to a domestic violence call learned the man had several outstanding warrants, including one for auto theft. He fled the scene, said Hawke.

Police tracked the man down at a Shell gas station on Wilmot Road and Broadway Boulevard, shortly before 10 p.m. When he ran, an officer jumped out of the passenger side of a police cruiser to try and catch him on foot. A pursuing police SUV hit the officer, said Hawke.

Tucson Fire took the officer to the hospital with cuts, bruises and possibly some broken bones, said Hawke. Police also shut down the intersection overnight during their investigation.

Other officers caught 25-year and arrested him. But charges were pending, said Hawke. His name has not been released.

TPD is withholding the injured officer's name until his family is notified. He is in his 20's and has been on the force for several years, said Hawke.

Injured officer is 22 year old male 2 years service - Suffered serious knee injury, broken pelvis, broken ribs.
Officer in the 2nd vehicle is a 33 year old male 6.5 year vet.

Suspect - Ronald Smeberg(confirmed spelling) was detained and charged with:
Theft of means of transportation
Possession of burglary tools
Parole violation warrant
Several misdemeanor DV charges

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