Western Montana Crime News

Jan 8, 2013 1:56 AM by Dax Van Fossen - KPAX News

Missoula PD officer hit during traffic stop will be okay

MISSOULA - Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir says an officer who was struck by a fleeing suspect's car on Monday evening is going to be okay, and is being treated at St. Patrick Hospital.

Police have been combing neighborhoods east of downtown Missoula looking for the woman who was apparently struck by a single shot and appears to have been injured.

The incident started around 9 p.m Monday when officers stopped a woman identified as Dawnette Eaton during a traffic stop at the McDonald's on East Broadway.

Muir says Eaton was wanted on outstanding warrants and had been under investigation for drug trafficking.

The chief added that the female officer, whose name wasn't released, was standing by the driver's door when Eaton took off, dragging the officer under the car. As she sped away, the second MPD officer on the scene fired a single shot at the fleeing car.

The officer suffered a broken hip, a fractured leg and other bumps and bruises but is going to be okay. The second officer wasn't injured in the incident.

Officers spotted the suspect's red Pontiac just west of Madison Street at around 10:30 p.m., along with a blood trail in the area. Officers have been searching with dogs trying to find Eaton.

Muir says it's unclear whether Eaton is armed, but she's not considered a danger to the surrounding neighborhoods. However, he warned anyone seeing her to call 9-1-1 rather than trying to approach her.

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