2 in custody after traffic stop leads to altercation with officer in Coral Springs

CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have two suspects in custody after an altercation that resulted in an officer being dragged down a road in Coral Springs.

The Coral Springs Police Department tweeted just before 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday that they were working an active scene.

Police said an officer was conducting a traffic stop involving a white BMW when some kind of altercation occurred with two suspects inside the vehicle.

Officials said the vehicle was believed to be involved in another unspecified incident.

The BMW then took off from the area, partially dragging the officer down the road.

Original reports mentioned shots had been fired.

Witnesses said police were seen investigating what appeared to be a bullet hole just above a preschool in the area.

Police later said the officer had fired a shot but are still trying to determine if the hole is related or not.

“It’s crazy. That’s scary. My son goes to the school here, so I didn’t know that,” said witness Peaches Floyd.

The officer then called for backup, and a perimeter was set up to locate the suspects.

“I had seen the police going up and down Riverside, crazy,” said witness Elizabeth Perrotti. “They were looking for a suspect, and they were all over the place. We saw them in the Publix shopping center.”

Officials said the incident started in the area of 8200 Wiles Road and ended when the suspects were taken into custody in the area of Northwest 38th Street and 85th Avenue.

Meanwhile, the officer was transported to an area hospital to be treated after suffering road rash and a cut to his hand. The officer received stitches to his hand. He is expected to be OK.

“I think it’s horrendous. I think it’s terrible,” said Perrotti. “We’re supposed to be safe. Police officers are supposed to keep us safe, and to think people go after an officer and try to hurt them or try to kill them is just a terrible thing.”

Hunt Elementary School, Forest Hills Elementary School and Coral Springs Senior High School were placed on precautionary lockdowns, but they have since been lifted.

It remains unknown what charges the suspects will face.

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