MISSOULA, Mont. — An officer from the Billings Police Department sustained serious injuries when a teenager intentionally hit him with a vehicle early Saturday morning, according to reports.
A 14-year-old boy was the driver of a vehicle that was used as a weapon. As a result, he has been charged with attempted deliberate homicide, according to a Billings Police Department press release.
Officers were reportedly giving commands to the driver of a vehicle, which had previously fled multiple times earlier in the evening. Regardless of their commands, the teen driver accelerated toward officers and struck one, NBC Montana reported. The car crashed shortly after striking the officer, and the male driver as well as five female juveniles fled on foot. Nevertheless, they were quickly apprehended.
Although the injuries were categorized as serious, they are not life-threatening, according to the report. However, the officer required hospitalization and surgery. His status is currently unknown.
The injured officer was not identified. However, police said he is 35-years-old and a six-year veteran of the police department.
The investigation is ongoing.