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Midway police officer dragged about 50 feet by car

| Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

State police are searching for a vehicle and four people who ran from a Washington County police officer, dragged him by car and taking off with his service weapon.

Midway Officer Mark Hall, 38, encountered two men and two women, possibly in their late teens or early 20s, in a borough park just after 10 p.m. Wednesday and asked them to leave, said state police Trooper Robin Mungo.

The four ran and Hall chased after them, eventually placing himself between a parked car and a vehicle which the group jumped into. One of the suspects tackled Hall, a part-time officer for the borough, and pulled him partially into a silver or grey four-door sedan, Mungo said. His Glock 23, .40-caliber pistol, became dislodged from his holster in the struggle, police said.

The driver hit the accelerator, and Hall, whose legs were dangling from the vehicle, was dragged about 50 feet, police said. Hall fell from the car but his gun remained inside, Mungo said.

Hall could only describe the suspects as white, and he did not get a license plate number for the suspects' vehicle. He was not injured, Mungo said.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 412-787-2000.

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