10/21/2013

Fla. officer assaulted during traffic stop

Police shot at and injured the man after he dragged one of them while fleeing

By Alexandra Seltzer
The Palm Beach Post

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Three Boynton Beach Police officers shot at and injured a 25-year-old man Friday night after the man dragged one of the officer's while fleeing, according to a report released today.

The officers  Christopher Munro, Daniel Griswold and Cory Gray  are on paid administrative leave while the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office investigates the shooting.

Munro has been with the police department since Nov. 2006, Griswold since Nov. 1989 and Gray since April 2005, according to Boynton Beach Police department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.

John D. Flanagan, of Royal Palm Beach, now faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Flanagan, who has been at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach since the shooting, is expected to have his first appearance hearing in court Tuesday.

Several law enforcement officers from multiple agencies were conducting a DUI saturation patrol Friday night in the 3500 block of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach.

Boynton police officers were conducting laser traffic speed enforcement and stopped a silver Acura driven by Flanagan, according to the report.

Flanagan pulled over and spoke with the officers. One of the officers reported smelled marijuana coming from the car.

At some point during the exchange with officers, Flanagan decided to flee with his car door open. Flanagan put his car in reverse and trapped two Boynton police officers between the car door and the car. One of the officers freed himself, however the other officer  Munro  was dragged until Flanagan stopped to change direction. Munro sustained minor injuries.

Munro, Griswold and Gray then discharged their guns at Flanagan, the report says.

Flanagan was shot in the leg and sustained a superficial wound to the head, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said at the scene Friday. The Acura came to a stop in the southbound lanes of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard.

"Flanagan did intentionally and unlawfully threaten by act of violence to both Officer Munro and Gray," a sheriff's detective wrote in the report. "Flanagan had both the ability and demonstrated this violence by reversing his vehicle to strike both officers."

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