New York City police officer dragged by suspect fleeing traffic stop in the Bronx

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New York, NY- A New York City police officer was injured after he was dragged by a suspect fleeing a routine traffic stop in the Bronx early Wednesday morning. According to a statement by the New York City Police Department, the responding officer pulled over a gray Ford van in the area of Clinton Avenue and East 18th Street.

The officer exited his car and approached the suspect vehicle when he noticed the suspect was holding a gun. With his arms still inside the vehicle, the police officer was dragged and eventually thrown from the vehicle into the street.

The officer was treated at the hospital for leg pain and arm and shoulder injuries. According to a statement made by the New York City Police Department today, he is expected to recover.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and has not yet been captured by police.