- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The driver of a vehicle at a north Philadelphia accident scene fought with police officers and got up and drove away, injuring four officers at two different locations before he was shot and critically injured by police, officials said.

Officials said all four officers were in stable condition and their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said officers sent to investigate a crash in Olney around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday found that a car had crashed into a wall. As officers were removing the driver, who appeared to be incoherent, he began to struggle violently with them and drove off, striking three officers, Ross said.

Two miles away in the West Oak Lane neighborhood, the driver struck a fourth police officer before he was shot by two officers, Ross said. He again drove off but was arrested around the corner and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

“I can’t tell you why this male did this, what prompted it,” Ross said. “We hopefully will get to the bottom of that.”

Officials said the officers had back, leg and arm injuries, and one was undergoing a CT scan. All were alert and providing information to investigators.

“They are pretty banged up, but in good spirits,” Mayor Michael Nutter told reporters in front of Einstein Medical Center. He said the suspect “used the car as a weapon” against the officers, calling it “an indication of some of the dangers that Philadelphia police officers encounter out on the streets of our city, trying to do their job, trying to make sure the city is safe.”

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