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The Latest: Police looking for suspect in assault on officer

February 04, 2019 - 5:57 PM

FAIRBURN, Ga. - The Latest on officer run over by pickup truck in Georgia (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Police in several states are looking for a 33-year-old Memphis man accused of running over and severely injuring an Atlanta-area police officer.

Fairburn Deputy Police Chief Anthony Bazydlo (buh-ZID-loh) says they have several leads to Tauren McShan's possible whereabouts. He says a warrant has been issued for McShan's arrest on charges including aggravated assault against an officer.

He says Fairburn police are working with local, state and federal authorities.

According to news reports, surveillance video shows a man talking to officers outside the truck, then jumping in and driving away. Bazydlo says Officer Levar Sims was holding onto the truck but fell off at a speed bump and was run over.

He says Sims is recovering well after surgery and could be released from the hospital after several days.

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6:30 p.m.

Authorities in Georgia say a man in a pickup truck ran over a police officer, seriously injuring him.

News outlets report the man has been identified but remains at large. The outlets quote police in the Atlanta suburb of Fairburn as saying Officer Levar Sims underwent surgery after he was hit early Monday. Police are looking for the 33-year-old driver, who had rented the truck in the Memphis, Tennessee, area.

Deputy Chief Anthony Bazydlo says an officer on routine patrol outside a hotel saw a sleeping man in a running truck, and asked for backup. Bazydlo says both the first officer and Sims smelled marijuana and alcohol.

According to news reports, surveillance video shows the man talking to officers outside the truck, then jumping in and driving away. Bazydlo says Sims was holding onto the truck but fell off at a speed bump and was run over.

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