Truck hits Richmond cop

August 5, 2008 6:27:35 PM PDT
Richmond police are asking for the public's help in finding the driver of a pickup truck who struck and seriously injured a Richmond police motorcycle officer this afternoon and then fled, Sgt. Bisa French said.

Rahn Carmichael, a 25-year veteran of the Police Department, had been initiating a traffic stop on a vehicle at 23rd Street and Lowell Avenue at 12:30 p.m. today when another vehicle, a light-colored, older-model pickup truck, cut him off and struck him, French said.

Carmichael was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but was in stable condition this afternoon, French said.

A closed-circuit video camera installed at a nearby burger restaurant recorded the entire incident, French said.

The pickup truck, which appeared to have debris or landscaping equipment in the back, was possibly a Toyota, French said. The driver may have been a Hispanic man.

Richmond police officers have put together a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, and Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus has matched the reward for a total of $3,000 French said.

"The department's employees are my greatest assets in reducing crime, and when one of them is hurt in the line of duty, it has a great impact on all of us," Magnus said.


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