An unidentified man used a stun gun on an Oakwood Village police officer, then stole his police cruiser on Tuesday in Cleveland, police said.
The 11 a.m. scuffle on Lee Road, near South Miles Road, left the police officer with injuries to both legs, according to Oakwood Village Police Chief Mark Garratt.
The authorities eventually recovered the stolen police cruiser after the suspect abandoned the vehicle on Cloverfield Avenue in Cleveland.
No arrests have been made and the suspect has not been identified, Chief Garratt said.
The unnamed officer attempted to stop a car on Forbes Drive in Oakwood Village, after a license plate check revealed that it had been reported stolen.
The driver, however, drove off and the officer followed the car onto the Interstate 480 west ramp, Chief Garratt said.
The suspect got off the highway at Lee Road and clipped another car near South Miles Road. He then jumped out of his car and attempted to get into other cars, Garratt explained.
The officer gave chase him and caught him. He then used his stun gun when the suspect fought him to avoid arrest, Garratt added.
The suspect then grabbed hold of the stun gun and used it on the police officer, before getting into the cruiser and driving away, Garratt said.
Both the police officer and a 70-year-old man who helped him at the scene were taken to Ahuja Hospital for treatment.
Police investigators later found that the stolen car had been linked to a series of armed robberies. They found a loaded gun and a box of bullets inside the vehicle, Garratt said.
The incident remains under investigation.
A Facebook user shared a video of the incident, including the scuffle and the suspect stealing the police officer’s car.