Pennsylvania officer struck by car, fired shots in return

Police say the Vandergrift officer fired several shots at the car driven by a 67-year-old man who was being questioned by state police

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – Police say a Pennsylvania officer who told the driver of a speeding car to slow down was struck by the vehicle after it backed up and appeared to purposely run into him.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the incident occurred just before 9 a.m. Wednesday in Vandergrift, a borough about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Police say Vandergrift Officer Richard Gray fired several shots at the car driven by a 67-year-old man who was being questioned by state police but was not immediately charged. Witnesses say the man was yelling that his car’s accelerator had stuck.

Police say the driver wasn’t injured by the shots and his car also hit a garbage truck employee nearby.

The conditions of the officer and garbage truck driver were not immediately available.

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