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On Tuesday evening, just after 5:00 p.m., officers from Richmond Police responded to a report of aggressive driving by a group of motorcycles near the intersection of West Broad Street and Terminal Place. Once at the scene the officer proceeded to direct traffic into the 1300 block of West Broad Street, the officer was hit head-on by a motorbike in the platoon.

The driver left the scene and the officer was transported to a local hospital by an RPD officer where he is currently being assessed and treated for a head injury.

The driver of one of the motorcycles traveling with the group, an adult male, was later arrested in Henrico and then transported back to Richmond where he is currently being held and questioned with traffic charges pending.

“This brave officer put himself in harm’s way to protect the people of our city,” Mayor Levar Stoney said in a statement. “This incident reminds us of the challenges our first responders face every day and the sacrifices they are willing to make to serve and protect us. I am grateful that the officer survived this life-threatening encounter and ask that you join me in wishing him a speedy recovery from his injuries.

“What happened tonight was a despicable and cowardly act that will not be tolerated,” Richmond Police Chief Gerald M. Smith said. “Our RPD family stands with this officer and his family. We are grateful for how our men and women work every day to protect this community, despite the risks they face.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call RPD Detective V. Griffith at (804) 646-1718 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones can also be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

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