Texas felon crashes and dies after dragging Detroit Police officer on the side of his vehicle

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A Detroit Police officer is being treated for injuries he sustained when he was dragged by a car being driven by a man trying to escape during a traffic stop.

The man behind the wheel appears to be a 31-year-old man who served time in a Texas prison. A source says identification from a prison was found on the man.

Friday afternoon, two Detroit Police officers spotted the man driving the wrong way on a one-way street. During the traffic stop, we're told officers spotted what appeared to be drugs inside the vehicle.

The man sped off with the officer hanging onto the side of the car. The officer managed to fire his gun and then he went tumbling onto the road.

Witnesses who heard the gunshot thought the officer had been shot and rushed to help him. They say he had cuts and bruises all over his arms and told them he hadn't been shot, but that he may have shot the man who continued driving for about a hundred yards before crashing into a utility pole.

The man, whose identity is still being confirmed by police, was pronounced dead on the scene. It's unclear if he was actually struck by a bullet or died from the crash.

Warren Avenue just west of I-94 remained closed during the investigation.

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