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BREAKING: New York Police Officer Struck By Stolen Vehicle

Cheektowaga, NY – A Cheektowaga police officer was struck and seriously injured by a fleeing vehicle while he was helping Depew police officers end a stolen vehicle pursuit on Monday morning.

Police said the incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 6 when Cheektowaga Police Officer Troy Blackchief was deploying stop sticks on Union Road at Route 33 in an attempt to put an end to the pursuit, WIVB reported.

Officials said at an early morning press briefing that the pursuit involved two vehicles, one of which had been stolen from the Penora Avenue area in Depew.

The suspect vehicle that struck Officer Blackchief did not stop after it hit the law enforcement officer, WIVB reported.

The wounded hero was transported to Erie County Medical Center in critical condition and taken into surgery, the Buffalo News reported.

Officials have not yet released any specific details about the officer’s medical status.

The stolen vehicle was recovered a short time later at a gas station on Kensington Avenue, but the suspects have not yet been apprehended, the Buffalo News reported.

Police are searching for a second vehicle – a maroon 2019 Jeep Cherokee with license plate KKS5300 – that investigators believe was involved in the incident, WIVB reported.

Cheektowaga Police Chief Brian Gould identified the wounded hero at a press briefing and said Officer Blackchief is a 17-year veteran of the police force, the Buffalo News reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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