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Officer, trooper injured Thursday released from hospital

Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 8:51 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2020 at 3:58 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A Lincoln Police officer and a Nebraska State Patrol trooper injured when a suspect rammed a police cruiser several times at a gas station on Thursday have been released from the hospital.

According to LPD, the two suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The LPD officer is off work while he recovers.

According to Lincoln Police, around 5 a.m. Thursday officers were called to the Casey’s General Store at 4141 S. 48th Street on a report of a theft.

Officers learned a man, later identified as Connor Sweeney, 29, was visiting gas stations and asking for money. Police learned he had gone to at least seven other gas stations and caused a disturbance.

Around 8 a.m., officers were sent to the U-Stop at 7100 Pioneers Boulevard when an employee said Sweeney was behind the counter threatening them.

When the LPD officer, as well as a Nebraska State Trooper who was in the area, attempted to take Sweeney into custody, he climbed into the front seat of his red Oldsmobile which was parked near the gas pump.

Police said Sweeney then began driving back and forth ramming the police cruiser, pinning the officer and the trooper in the open door of his car.

U-Stop Surveillance Video:

Additional units arrived and a pursuit took place west on Pioneers Boulevard and onto 70th Street.

Officers performed a tactical vehicle intervention, police said, and Sweeney’s vehicle was stopped and he was taken into custody.

Witnesses to the incident said it was a wild scene to unfold as they saw the entire arrest from their workplace.

“The driver had the driver’s side door open so it looked like he was getting ready to bail and we were like oh my god what’s going on,” said Kelly Crawford, a witness to the incident.

Crystal Davidson also witnessed Sweeney being arrested and said, “The guy got out., got onto the street, on his stomach and we’re like ‘Oh my gosh’. So then the cop that hit him got out and had drawn his gun.”

Both Crawford and Davidson said they heard loud sirens going in both directions right outside work when they got in Thursday morning. That’s when they heard the officer use a tactical move to stop Sweeney’s car.

Crawford said that’s when she started recording the video of the entire arrest.

“It was pretty cool. It was like being on an episode of Cops,” Crawford said.

He is being charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and several other charges.

Both the trooper and the officer are being treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Witness video of arrest:

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