Monday, January 16, 2006

S.F. Police Officer Dragged By A Suspect's Car

A San Francisco police officer was recovering Sunday after he was dragged by a suspect's car following a double-shooting in the city that led to a high-speed chase, authorities said.

Craig Leong, a five-year veteran of the department, underwent surgery on Saturday for major leg injuries, police said.

Alfonso Sandoval, 23, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer and felony hit-and-run, among other charges.

The incident occurred after officers responded to a double-shooting in the city's Mission District Saturday afternoon. Two 17-year-old boys suffered non life threatening gunshot wounds, police said.

Officers who responded pursued a fleeing vehicle that soon crashed into a parked car. Leong approached but the driver sped off, dragging the officer who was clinging to the car, police Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Leong eventually let go, and the suspect was arrested a short time later after he crashed again.

Sandoval had not yet been charged in the double-shooting, Gittens said.

The conditions of the shooting victims were not immediately available Sunday.

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