St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputy hit by a car Monday night

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a incident in which a police officer was hit by a car in St. Augustine Monday night.

According to Corporal Catherine Payne with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the deputy tried to conduct a traffic stop earlier in the evening while investigating a reported shooting in West Augustine. However, the car took off.

Later, just after midnight, while making another traffic stop behind the St. Augustine Police Department, the deputy along with another deputy noticed a separate car pull up. It was the same car from the first traffic stop.

Payne said the car revved its engine and then drove directory toward the deputy.

The vehicle then sped away hitting one of the deputies along with two patrol cars.

Payne said the deputy did not have time to react and retreated to his marked patrol car, but the suspect's car still hit the deputy and "sideswiped" his vehicle.

The deputy is receiving treatment for minor injuries. The sheriff's office did not release the name of the driver; however, deputies are currently looking for the suspect.

Payne said the suspect is "known to the sheriff's office."

"Typically we would ask for the public's assistance in searching for this suspect, but based on the investigation and what we know as law enforcement officers, that information wont' be released until we know more background about where he could possibly be," said Payne.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304.


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