Georgia Police Officer Suffers Fractured Spine After Being Run Over by Suspect
FAIRBURN, GA. – An online news story from wsbradio.com reports that a Georgia police officer suffered a fractured spine after being run over by a suspect. The incident occurred near a hotel in Fairburn, Georgia, and the suspect has been identified by authorities.*
Police with the Union City Police Department and the Fairburn Police Department were patrolling an area near a Holiday Inn in Fairburn. Officers were looking for any vehicle burglary activity and noticed that a parked 2019 Ford F-250 had a man sleeping inside.
Police woke the man up and asked him to get out of the truck. At first, he complied, and officers smelled marijuana and alcohol in the truck. The man then got back inside his truck against orders from the officers. One of the Fairburn police officers tried to remove the man from the truck, and the man shoved him out. The man then drove away, running over the Fairburn officer.
People staying at the hotel heard the accident and looked out to see first responders preparing to transport the injured officer.
“The officer was laying right here,” said hotel guest Robert Sullivan, “and the ambulance picked him up and took him off.”
The officer, who has not been identified, suffered a fractured spine and underwent surgery. His current medical condition is not known.
The man in the F-250 has been identified as 27-year-old Taurean McShan, of Memphis, Tennessee. The truck was a rental from the Memphis area, and police located it in Tyrone, Georgia, after the incident. It is not clear if they also found and arrested McShan.
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