By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
A Killeen police officer was hit by a car Tuesday during a foot pursuit of an alleged rapist.
The officer was chasing the suspect across West Hallmark Avenue about 2:45 p.m. when he was struck by a pickup truck.
Emergency personnel took the officer to Nolan Middle School, where he was airlifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple. He was listed in stable condition and suffered no broken bones, according to Killeen Police Department Chief Dennis Baldwin.
The incident occurred during an hourlong foot chase of 25-year-old Roel Reando Brown that began in the apartment complex where he lives, Commander's Palace Apartments, located in the 700 block of Santa Rosa Drive.
Police were there to arrest Brown on a charge of aggravated sexual assault when he fled from officers on foot.
Brown zig-zagged through the areas of Hallmark Avenue, Dimple Street, Santa Rosa Drive and Safady Street and a field north of the apartments as several officers pursued him. Eventually an officer chased Brown through the apartment complex and through a breezeway.
Brown ran north across Hallmark Avenue and the officer chased him into the roadway. A Chevrolet Avalanche then struck the officer, Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
Police apprehended Brown about 10 minutes later, but only after they Tased him. He was in Killeen City Jail Tuesday night, and may face further charges resulting from the officer's injury and the pursuit, Smith said.
Another officer was injured during the pursuit when a police dog bit him. Smith said the dog was attempting to go after Brown, but seized on a running police officer.
He was taken to Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, where he was treated and released, according to a news release.
"It was a rather hectic hour," Smith said.
A resident of the area, Mattie Jones, said she witnessed a portion of the pursuit as she sat in front of her apartment. Jones lives in an apartment complex across the street from where Brown lives.
She said the chase led to her apartment complex, where Brown jumped from a second-story balcony and ran back toward his home as two officers ran after him.
Jones said seeing a large police presence by her home was nothing new to the area. She said a lot of crime happens around her home, where she has lived for the last three years.
Her grandson, Roger Sanders Jr., said the incident upset him because it happened so near where she lives. He was coming over to visit Jones when he saw several squad cars parked near her residence
"I mean, she's my only grandma," Sanders said. "I see all these cops, and I was in shock. It scared me."
Police also arrested a woman at the scene on a charge of interfering with an investigation. The woman would not comply with an officer's order to be quiet after she got into a verbal altercation with another woman.
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