Scottsdale, AZ – A manhunt is underway for a suspect who intentionally rammed a motorcycle officer with a pickup truck and subsequently fled the area in a stolen ambulance (video below).
The Scottsdale Police Department (SPD) released bodycam footage of the incident on Monday.
The SPD identified the suspect as 34-year-old Matthew Thomas Crook, a white male who stands about six feet, six inches tall and weighs around 330 pounds.
The incident began during a traffic stop near Scottsdale Road and Indian School Road on June 28, the SPD said.
Crook, who had a female passenger with him at the time, pulled over momentarily as the SPD officer parked his patrol motorcycle, bodycam footage showed.
That’s when the suspect suddenly threw the truck into reverse and stepped on the gas, slamming the back of his pickup into the officer’s motorcycle, and knocking the officer to the ground.
The officer scrambled away from the bike and drew his duty weapon while ordering the suspect to stop, but Crook sped off, the video showed.
The video showed the officer did not fire his weapon at the truck.
The fleeing suspect crashed into another vehicle near Indian School Road and 75th Street shortly thereafter, according to the SPD.
He took off yet again, but police soon spotted him and engaged in a brief pursuit.
Crook pulled into an apartment complex near Camelback Road and 78th Street, and that was where he and his female passenger bailed out and started running.
Police said the pair allegedly stole an ambulance that happened to have responded to “an unrelated medical incident in the area” nearby and drove off with it.
The suspects abandoned the ambulance near Heatherbrae and 79th Street and started running into a residential area, where the female suspect was apprehended.
Crook is still on the loose.
He is wanted for theft of an emergency vehicle, aggravated assault on an officer, and multiple other charges, according to the SPD.
SPD Public Information Officer Aaron Bolin said the officer Crook crashed into suffered minor injuries, according to the Scottsdale Independent.
The occupants of the vehicle he allegedly hit were not injured, Officer Bolin said.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content: