Staten Island cop critically injures man during routine traffic stop

Posted at 8:51 PM, Mar 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-09 20:56:45-05

A police officer in Staten Island shot a man after he tried to flee the scene of a routine traffic stop, striking another officer with his car in the process.

After police pulled over to the car, the driver tried to take off while an officer was walking to the vehicle.

Police then open-fired, hitting the driver in the stomach.

The driver managed to drive several blocks after hitting one of the officers before crashing into a pole and flipping over.

The driver of the car is in serious condition, while the officer hit by the car has minor injuries only and is said to be okay.