Muncie officer fires shots at driver while being dragged by van

MUNCIE, Ind. (WANE) — Indiana State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting after shots were fired following a traffic stop in Muncie.

State Police Spokesman John Bowling said the shooting started when an officer was dragged by a van that had been pulled over near the intersection of Elgin and McGilliard streets around 3 p.m.

Bowling said the van was stopped by an officer in uniform who approached the driver’s side of the vehicle while the officer in plain clothes, who was nearby and came to assist, approached the passenger side.

The officer in plain clothes was attempting to remove a passenger when the driver accelerated to get away. Bowling said the officer held onto the van for several hundred feet, eventually firing shots into the van at the driver who refused to stop.

The driver, although hit, jumped from the van and fled on foot. Bowling said he was caught a short time later and treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The other two passengers also jumped from the van while it was moving and ran away. They were also caught and treated for non-life threatening injures.

The officer who fell from the moving van was treated for broken bones and non-life threatening injuries, according to Bowling.

Bowling added this investigation is ongoing and expected to take sometime to complete.

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