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BREAKING: Officer Struck By Light Pole During Chase

Cheektowaga, NY – A Buffalo police officer is in critical condition and suffering from serious head trauma after his police car was struck by a light pole that the suspects he was chasing crashed into.

Buffalo police said the incident occurred when the officer responded to a call about a white vehicle with four men with a gun inside it, WIVB reported.

The officer spotted the suspect vehicle on Crossman near Genesee Street and attempted to stop it.

The vehicle fled and the officer pursued it, WIVB reported.

The suspect vehicle went off road into Mount Cavalry cemetery, then crossed Harlem Road and slammed into a light pole.

The pole fell and struck two parked cars and the Buffalo police cruiser that had been pursuing it, WIVB reported.

The officer inside the police car was knocked unconscious.

Other Buffalo police officers who responded to the scene transported the wounded hero to ECMC’s Trauma Intensive Care Unit in a police vehicle, WIVB reported.

The suspects in the white vehicle were not injured in the crash and attempted to flee the scene, but officers caught and arrested all four of them, WGRZ reported.

The Buffalo Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit was investigating the accident and its Homicide Unit was handling the criminal investigation, WIVB reported.

Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said the wounded officer was in critical condition with severe head trauma and had not yet regained consciousness, WGRZ reported.

Capt. Rinaldo did not release the name of the wounded officer.

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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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