A TAMWORTH Police Officer is in hospital, having been seriously injured following an incident this evening on the A5 in Lichfield.
At around 6:15 pm this evening, Tuesday 29 November, a police officer attempted to stop a suspicious (HGV) Heavy Goods Vehicle. Following a short pursuit along the A5 between Wall Island and Weeford Island, the HGV has stopped and the driver has alighted the vehicle. The male police officer has then pursued the suspect on foot.
The suspect confronted the officer, threatening to harm the officer with a fallen tree branch, resulting in the officer stepping back towards the carriage where he was involved in a collision with another vehicle.
The suspect has then approached a Ford Fiesta that was stationary in traffic on the carriageway and pulled the driver from the vehicle. He has then stolen the vehicle, which was later found abandoned near to the Social Club in Pelsall.
The police officer from Tamworth police station has been taken to Hospital with suspected serious leg and chest injuries. His family have been taken to hospital and colleagues are providing support to them.
The vehicles involved, including the Silver Ford Fiesta, stolen by the suspect to leave the scene have been recovered and are undergoing a forensic examination.
Police are urging the public for information about the suspect involved. He is described as being a white male, slim build around 6ft tall wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 583 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
We wish the officer involved in the incident a speedy recovery. Our thoughts are also with his family and colleagues.