Niagara officer fires weapon after being dragged by vehicle


UPDATE

A Niagara police officer was taken to hospital after being dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop Thursday night.

Officers responded to reports of a “vehicle driving erratically” in the area of Drummond Rd. and Dunn St. in Niagara Falls around 9:30 p.m.

Police say an officer pulled the vehicle over but was subsequently dragged a short distance during the interaction.

The officer fired a shot at the vehicle and the suspect fled. Police say there were no injuries as a result of the gunshot but the officer was treated in hospital for minor injuries. He has since been released.

Roughly four hours later, 29-year-old Gurjot Kooner was arrested in the area of Magdalen St. and McGrail Ave. in Niagara Falls. He has been charged with operation of a motor vehicle while impaired, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault police.

Kooner is being held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police are still trying to locate the vehicle which is described as a white, two-door, 2008 Honda Accord with Ontario licence plate CKLZ 605.

Investigators believe there was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the interaction and are asking them to come forward to make a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 905-688-4111, dial option 4, ext. 2204.