A Des Moines police officer and another person were seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle on Monday.
According to a news release, an officer initiated a traffic stop with a vehicle allegedly being operated in a careless manner in the 3700 block of SE 14th Street at around 7:44 p.m. A few minutes later, police say the officer said in a radio transmission he was in a violent encounter with an individual. Additional officers responded.
At around 7:48 p.m., the department began receiving calls that an officer and an apparently fleeing suspect had been hit by a vehicle. Fire and rescue personnel were dispatched.
Police say the officer and the suspect were transported to local hospitals with serious injuries.
The department is investigating the incident with assistance from the Iowa State Patrol.
According to a Des Moines Police Department Facebook post, SE 14th Street is closed northbound from Watrous Avenue as officers investigate the incident. Southbound traffic has been reduced to one lane.
The closure is expected to last three hours. People are asked to avoid the area.
Chris Higgins covers the eastern suburbs for the Register. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @chris_higgins_.
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