A Fremont police officer suffered a broken leg when he was struck by a man driving a stolen van on Monday morning, and police are continuing to look for the suspect today, a police sergeant said. Patrick Brower, 43, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department, is recovering at a hospital with a broken left leg, Fremont police Sgt. Chris Mazzone said. A rod was inserted into Brower’s leg during surgery on Monday to stabilize the bones, Mazzone said. The incident began at about 10:35 a.m. when police received a report that a delivery van had been stolen from Lippert Avenue after the van’s driver left the vehicle unattended to make a delivery. At 10:48 a.m., Brower spotted the stolen vehicle leaving the Warm Springs Plaza Shopping Center and turning onto Warm Springs Boulevard. Brower had stopped in the center divider, and the suspect accelerated and struck him with the van, police said. Brower was pinned under the motorcycle and was dragged by the van across two traffic lanes before it struck a metal streetlight. The driver got out of the van and fled on foot into an industrial complex. He had not been found as of this morning, but Mazzone said investigators have “developed strong suspect leads” in the case. Police are treating the case as an attempted murder of a police officer, he said. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man between 25 and 30 years old, and about 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue or black baseball hat, a red sweatshirt and blue jeans. At about 5:30 p.m., Fremont police detained someone on a BART train in Hayward in connection with the investigation. Police Detective Bill Veteran said this morning that he could not specify what the connection was between that person and the attack on the officer since the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Fremont police at (510) 790-6900.
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