Officer Shoots Man in Stolen Car After Being Hit by Car: Police

Officer suffers minor injury after being hit by driver of stolen vehicle, police say

An Arlington police officer shot a man who hit him with a car while trying to elude police in a stolen vehicle Friday morning.[[458256753,R]]

Arlington police said they were called at about 10 a.m. to investigate three suspicious people outside the Baymont Inn. According to the caller, at least one of the three people had been hiding in the bushes outside of the hotel the day before and they'd also said they were there looking for something.

While en route to the hotel, officers learned the car reported by the caller had been reported stolen in Dallas.

Four officers arrived, surrounded the vehicle and ordered a man and woman inside the car to exit, but they refused. After officers pulled the female passenger from the vehicle, the driver, later identified by police as 39-year-old Shaun Veloz, began to try to pull away and hit both officers with the vehicle, brushing aganist one's knee while knocking another to the ground.

With the car still reversing, the officer who had been knocked to the ground then shot Veloz, police said.

The car came to rest on a curb, with the back end toward the hotel. A large amount of blood was visible on the pavement where the driver exited the vehicle.

Veloz was taken to a nearby hospital. While his condition is not known, police said his injuries are not considered life threatening. The officer knocked to the ground was also hospitalized with injuries not considered life threatening.

The third person mentioned on the 911 call was found inside the hotel and was interviewed by police. That person and the woman pulled from the passenger side of the vehicle were both released at the scene, police said.

Veloz, meanwhile, will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one felony count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, police said.

NBC 5's Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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