Officer rammed by suspect speaks

Fayetteville Police Officer Michael Boone's cruiser (WTVD photo by Lou Guilette)

May 26, 2010 4:08:58 AM PDT
A Fayetteville police officer injured in the line of duty shared his story exclusively with ABC11 Eyewitness News this week.Officer Michael Boone was T-boned in his police cruiser on Friday while answering a domestic violence call.

Investigators say he was hit by a SUV driven by 43-year-old Malcolm Savage. Boone and his partner were answering a domestic violence call between Savage and his wife in the College Lakes neighborhood when it happened.

The three year veteran of the Fayetteville police force says he knows his story could have had a very tragic ending.

"He hit me?my car spun...I was pinned inside the vehicle," Boone said. "My left leg pinned under the floor board area where the door was. I was turned all the way twisted around here."

Boone says he tried to move his car out of the path of the oncoming SUV, but couldn't. He's not sure if Savage hit him on purpose.

The officer was pinned in the car and wasn't sure if suspect was coming to get him.

"And I'm right handed, so my weapon was stuck," Boone said. "I couldn't get to my weapon. I never was unconscious."

However, Savage fled the scene.

Boone told his partner to call his wife, Linda, while he was still pinned in the car.

"She said they're trying to cut him out of the car," Boone's wife Linda Boone said. "Well at that point, I was done, because all I'm picturing is my husband jammed in this vehicle."

Emergency workers cut the top and doors off the car to get him out. He suffered multiple injuries, including a broken collar bone, but is going to be okay.

"And I just want everybody to know, stick with us, we're out there to help you," Boone said.

Officer Boone has spent the last couple of days with doctors working on his recovery. He is currently resting comfortably at home surrounded by his wife and two children.

Boone says he is looking forward to the day he goes back on patrol.

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