TPD officer hit by police vehicle while chasing suspect

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Tucson Police officer was chasing Ronald Smebergt Tuesday night near Wilmot and Broadway when he was hit by a police vehicle.

According to Tucson Fire, the officer was conscious when the ambulance arrived and he was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, having suffered contusions, road rash and possible broken bones.

It started earlier Tuesday around 7 p.m. with a domestic violence call in the 7000 block of E. Rosewood. According to TPD Smebert saw the police and took off on foot, beginning a pursuit. TPD officials said the helicopter, and canines were brought in to help with the search.

Around 10 p.m. TPD arrived at a gas station at Broadway and Wilmot, after receiving a tip that Smebergt was seen there. Police found him at the gas station and he ran into street.

Two officers were chasing in a sedan; the passenger jumped out to the suspect when another police SUV, which was unable to stop in time, hit the officer.

TPD arrested 25 year old Ronald Smebert.  He was booked in the Pima County Jail on multiple charges including auto theft.

According to TPD, the officer is recovering in the hospital.  He's suffering from a broken pelvis, broken ribs and injured knee, however he is expected to be ok.

Neither of the involved officers' names have been released.

TPD is ruling the incident as an accident during an intense situation.

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