By Associated Press - Wednesday, July 22, 2020

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified a Crystal police officer who fired her weapon while she was being injured during a vehicle chase last week.

The BCA said Wednesday that Jessica Donahue is a 19-year veteran of Crystal Police Department. Donahue has been released from the hospital and is recovering. She is on standard administrative leave.

The incident started shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday when a state trooper tried to stop a vehicle for a speed violation on Interstate 94. The driver was boxed in by the State Patrol and Crystal police in Crystal. The BCA said as officers were trying to take the suspects into custody, the vehicle tried to flee and hit and ran over Donahue, in addition to damaging several police vehicles.

The Star Tribune reports the BCA said the initial investigation indicated that Donahue fired at the suspect vehicle after it hit her. One suspect was treated for superficial injuries at the scene, but it’s unclear how that person was hurt.

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