Traffic stop in Columbus ends with 2 injured officers, crash on 13th Street bridge

Traffic stop in Columbus ends with 2 injured officers, crash on 13th Street bridge

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Two Columbus police officers were injured following a traffic stop that ended in a crash on the 13th Street bridge.

Columbus police conducted a traffic stop at Ashley Station apartments Wednesday night on a traffic violation.

As two officers were investigating, the driver of the vehicle suddenly took off, hitting one of the officers.

“We’re going to have him checked out at the hospital. He’s a little tender. We have another officer who was injured during the arrest that’s at the medical center now probably getting some stitches,” said Assistant Police Chief Gil Slouchick.

The officer who was hit fired his gun at the vehicle. The vehicle was struck, but no one inside the vehicle was injured.

The vehicle left the area and was seen by another Columbus police officer traveling on 10th Avenue. That officer attempted to stop the vehicle as it turned onto 13th Street where it hit another vehicle head-on.

Three suspects are in custody. The occupant of the second vehicle involved in the crash is injured.

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