Police officer fires gun, gets hit by fleeing vehicle

Waterloo Regional Police are looking for two suspects after an officer was hit by a fleeing vehicle Saturday night.

Waterloo Regional Police officer treated for broken knee at Grand River Hospital

Waterloo Regional Police are looking for two suspects after an officer was hit by a fleeing vehicle Saturday night.

Around 8:30 p.m. police found a vehicle wanted in connection to a reported shoplifting incident.

The vehicle was spotted driving down Weber Street East. Police followed the car, but determined it was unsafe to engage in a chase. The car, a Hyundai sedan, was later found by an officer during a search of the area in a parking lot at 260 Sheldon Ave. in Kitchener.

The officer tried to block the car in the parking lot, but when he approached on foot, it accelerated, hitting him as it fled the scene. The officer fired his gun at the approaching vehicle, but none of the suspects were shot, said Insp. Kevin Thaler.

The officer was taken to Grand River Hospital where he was treated for a broken knee.

Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle later Saturday evening at Carwood Place. Two suspects have been arrested, and two more are wanted by police.

The injured officer has been released from the hospital and is at home with his family resting, Thaler said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Waterloo Regional Police Service's Central Division at 519-650-8500 ext. 4497 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.