Officer hit by car, shoots at suspect

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – A police officer was struck by a car in a hit and run outside the Hong Kong Buffet on Cranston Street just after 4 p.m Saturday afternoon.

Police say the officer approached a woman’s car after he observed drug activity allegedly happening inside the car.

“At some point in time, that operator, that female operator, put that vehicle in reverse and stuck the Cranston Police Officer,” Cranston Police Chief Col. Michael Winquist told Eyewitness News.

Authorities say say the officer, a nine year veteran of the force, fired his gun several times at the driver after being struck. The bullets shattered the side and rear window of the vehicle, but did not hit the suspect. Police say the driver, Alicia Mattera of Central Falls, took off after the shots were fired. She was arrested a short time later.

Cocaine was recovered in the parking lot of the restaurant. Police say Mattera also had marijuana on her when she was arrested. She was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for minor injuries, and later arraigned at Cranston Police Headquarters.

Mattera is charged with felony assault, cocaine possession, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving with a suspended license. Officials say she has a lengthy criminal record, and is on probation for a 2013 drug conviction.

Mattera is being held without bail at the ACI, and will be formally arraigned in court Monday.

The unnamed officer involved in the incident was also treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

“Based on the preliminary facts provided to me by the investigative team, I support the actions of this Officer who acted appropriately and reverted to his training,” Col. Winquist said. “This incident serves as a reminder of the dangers officers face on a daily basis as they carry out their duties.”

Investigators say they will be interviewing witnesses, and reviewing security video from the restaurant.

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