Orlando, FL – Authorities on Tuesday released video in the hit-and-run involving an Orlando police officer during a traffic stop.
The incident occurred around 2:45 a.m. Monday near the McDonald’s on Kirkman Road near Vineland Road.
Orlando police said Officer William Anderson was working “extra duty” when he conducted a traffic stop on a silver four-door sedan.
The video shows Anderson approaching the driver’s side of the car when the passenger gets out and runs off. As Anderson goes after the passenger, the driver of the car struck Anderson and Anderson slid over the hood of the car.
Anderson opened fire as he was on the ground, but the driver did not stop, police said. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and remains in the hospital, but is expected to be OK.
“Thank you to the citizen that blocked Officer Anderson’s body as he laid in the road after he was run over,” Orlando police said in an update Tuesday. “His actions prevented Officer Anderson from being struck by another vehicle.”
Police said Monday afternoon that they had found the vehicle involved at 1859 Lake Pearl Drive in Gotha. The vehicle was found burned and the windshield shattered, according to police.
“I’m sick and tired of people running from police, not complying with police officers’ orders,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. “We’re very upset that this individual tried to murder one of our police officers.”
Both culprits remain at large.
Anderson was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“This officer is out here trying to protect the community, and bad people are out here as well, trying to run over our police officers. I’m very upset,” Mina said.
OPD tweeted, “Please send good thoughts to Ofc. William Anderson, who has been admitted the hospital after being run over by fleeing suspect Monday a.m.”
An affidavit said Anderson was called to the same area hours earlier to break up a crowd of young people who gathered at a 7-Eleven. Shots were fired as someone drove by, police said, but no one was injured.
It’s not known, however, if the incident is linked to the hit-and-run that injured Anderson, who has been with the department since 2007 and is currently assigned to the north patrol day shift, according to police.