Driver Hits New Jersey Cop During Traffic Stop, Flees: Officials

A driver fleeing a traffic stop in New Jersey struck a police officer with his car as he made his getaway early Tuesday, prompting the officer to fire, authorities say.

The officer was treated at a hospital for only minor injuries after the 4:20 a.m. confrontation near Jersey and South Seven streets in Harrison, according to the Hudson County prosecutor's office. 

It wasn't clear if he fired his weapon more than once, nor was it known if anyone was struck. The suspect is still on the loose.

Detectives were seen canvassing the area for evidence throughout the morning.

Local councilman Larry Bennett told NBC 4 New York the officer had a few "bumps and scrapes" and some ankle discomfort but is otherwise OK.

Bennett said he's known the officer involving in the shooting for "his entire life" and that he's been with the Harrison police department for several years.

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