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.