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Tempe police vehicle involved in rollover crash while responding to shooting

KNXV Tempe PD involved crash in Tempe 1-15
Posted at 3:43 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 22:13:16-05

TEMPE, AZ — A Tempe police officer was involved in a serious crash Tuesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of University Drive and Rural Road just after 2 p.m.

Tempe police confirmed Tuesday evening that the officer involved in the crash was headed to an officer-involved shooting that happened moments before. The officer involved in the crash was headed southbound on Rural Road with his lights and sirens activated, according to a police spokesperson.

Police say when the officer tried to enter the intersection at University Drive, the officer was struck by a vehicle heading eastbound into the intersection.

A second vehicle then entered the intersection eastbound and also collided with the officer’s vehicle. The second collision then caused the second vehicle to strike a pedestrian on the sidewalk.

A total of three patients, including the officer, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police.

It's unclear if anyone will be charged in the crash.