Arlington, TX - A female Arlington Police Officer was repeatedly run over by Tavis Crane Wednesday night during a traffic stop.
According to WFAA, the incident occurred about 11:38 PM in the 1700 block of Spring Lake Drive near Interstate 30 and Fielder. The female Arlington Officer called for back-up after stopping a vehicle and learning that the driver, Tavis Crane, had an outstanding warrant.
As back-up Arlington Police Officers arrived, Tavis Crane decided he was not going to be arrested. He backed his vehicle up and ran over the female Arlington Officer, who was out of her patrol vehicle. He also rammed her patrol car and then ran over her again while fleeing.
While this was occurring, an Officer who had responded to assist the female Officer, opened the driver's side rear passenger door of Tavis Crane's vehicle, climbed in in an attempt to stop him, and fired his weapon at Crane.
Tavis Crane, age 23, was struck several times by the Officer. He drove approximately 90 feet before his vehicle came to a stop at the end of Spring Lake Dr. near Tatum Dr. Officers assisted Crane with first aid until he was taken to Arlington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
There were three other occupants in Tavis Crane's vehicle, a man, a woman, and a toddler, who were not injured. The adults were interviewed by Arlington Police detectives. The child was released to other relatives.
Tavis Crane had numerous outstanding warrants including a felony Evading Arrest- Probation Violation from Dallas, and misdemeanor warrants from Grand Prairie Police. Streets in the nearby area were closed during the investigation but have since re-opened.
The female Arlington Police Officer, whose name was not released, is a 14-year veteran. She was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with numerous broken bones and fractures. She remains hospitalized but is expected to recover
Our thoughts and prayers are with the hero Arlington Police Officer. Thank you for your courage and bravery, and your commitment to service for the citizens of Arlington.
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