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NFTA officer fires shot at fleeing vehicle

Vehicle allegedly attempted to hit officer
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Posted at 5:21 PM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 17:29:16-05

The NFTA is investigating after one of it's officer shot at a fleeing vehicle.

Officials say the incident started on west Utica Street just after noon Thursday.

According to the NFTA Police, a car with two people in it was parked in front of a bus stop. When approached by an officer, the car fled into a nearby parking lot and later stopped on Main Street.

Authorities say another NFTA officer approached the suspect's car form the front, when the car started to drive off.

NFTA Police say the officer in the path of the car shot one round into the car. The car crashed a couple of blocks down Main Street and the two men inside were detained.

"From the vantage point of the primary officer, that's the one who initiated the traffic stop to start with, it appeared that the fleeing vehicle attempted to strike the backup officer who was standing near the front of the vehicle at that point says he fired one shot through the windshield," said NFTA Chief George Gast.

Both the driver and the NFTA officer were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The officer who fired the gun is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.