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Chicago police officer hospitalized after being dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop in Englewood

The officer had pulled over a Chevrolet Impala around 7:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Michigan Avenue. The driver put the car in reverse and dragged the officer about 40 feet.

Chicago police at the scene where a vehicle struck and injureed a police officer at in the 6300 block of South Michigan Avenue.
Chicago police work the scene where a vehicle struck and critically wounded a Chicago Police Officer at in the 6300 block of South Michigan, afterwards it was abandoned in the 6100 block of South Indiana, in the Washington Park neighborhood, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021.
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A Chicago police officer was hospitalized after he was dragged by a vehicle Friday evening during a traffic stop in Englewood.

The officer had pulled over a Chevrolet Impala around 7:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Michigan Avenue when the driver put the car in reverse and dragged the officer for about 40 feet before pinning the officer between the car and a viaduct, according to police and the Chicago Fire Department.

The officer fired at, but didn’t hit, the driver, police said.

The officer was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center and initially listed in serious condition, but was later upgraded to good, officials said.

The Impala was later found abandoned in the 6100 block of South Indiana Avenue in Washington Park.