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Four Dallas officers injured as car strikes police SUV during response to separate shooting call, police said

Sources tell WFAA that the officers were using a police SUV for cover when the driver struck the SUV, which then hit the officers.

DALLAS — Four Dallas officers were reported injured Thursday morning after their vehicles were struck by a driver, Dallas Police said.

Police tell WFAA that officers responded to the 3100 block of Community Drive close to Overlake Park in Northwest Dallas to a shooting call at around 3:10 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, police said they found a man who had been shot in his leg, and that the victim was taken to a hospital.

Police said they determined that the suspect in the shooting, 22-year-old Angel Morales, was inside the house at the address they were called to as they arrived on the scene, but that he initially refused to come out of the building. Eventually, police said Morales attempted to escape the building through a window, but he was quickly apprehended, taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault.

According to police sources, as officers were setting a perimeter up at the scene and using a police SUV for cover while trying to get Morales out of the house, an uninvolved vehicle drove through that perimeter and around Dallas Fire-Rescue equipment on the road and collided with the police SUV.

The SUV, police said, caused an officer sitting in the front of the SUV to be thrown from the vehicle before striking three other officers who were standing nearby.

The officers were taken to a local hospital in stable condition and released.

Police said the driver whose vehicle struck the police SUV, 45-year-old Christopher Martinez, stayed at the scene. He was detained and charged with four counts of Aggravated Assault and four counts of Passing an Authorized Emergency Vehicle.

At this time, police said, there is no indication the driver was impaired at the time of the crash.

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