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Stamford Officer Injured in Chase with Teen Should be Released Today

Lt. Diedrich Hohn said the officer injured in a chase with a teen suspect was anticipated to be released from Stamford Hospital Thursday.

At approximately 2:30 pm Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Diedrich Hohn and Sgt. Joseph Kennedy were traveling in a vehicle when Kennedy, of the Stamford Police Department's Youth Bureau, spotted a teen wanted in Bridgeport hanging out in Downtown Stamford, Hohn said Thursday morning.

When the pair attempted to stop the 14-year-old, he allegedly took off running up Bedford Street, toward the police station, Hohn said. As the officers gave chase in their vehicle, an officer working a side-job attempted to help and grabbed the youth.

Hohn said the teen allegedly threw the officer on the ground head-first into oncoming traffic, which incidentally was the vehicle Hohn and Kennedy were traveling in. The officer struck his head on the concrete. The juvenile continued to flee up Bedford st to the Pedigree Ski Shop at 444 Bedford. The teen attempted to hide inside, Hohn said.

When the teen saw officers out front, he allegedly attempted to flee out the rear of the store, where he was apprehended.

The officer injured during pursuit was taken to Stamford Hospital suffering from head, neck, right shoulder and back issues. Hohn said, following CAT scans and X-rays, the officer was expected to be released barring any major changes in status, which were not anticipated. Hohn anticipated the officer being release sometime today.

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