TEMPLE -- A Temple police officer fended for his life this morning.
He was reportedly dragged by the arm by a black Cadillac Escalade he just pulled over for a traffic stop.
It happened around 11:15 this morning on the 200 Block of East Central Avenue.
Police tells us the officer pulled over the SUV for a traffic stop then noticed some suspicious behavior and called for back-up.
The officer then asked the driver of the car to get out of his vehicle but instead he took off, dragging the officer with him.
"The officers arm got stuck in the vehicle by the drivers actions, and then the driver accelerated away dragging the officer with him and placing the officer in a life endangering situation. At which point the officer had to shoot his weapon to get out of the life endangering situation,"Sgt. Brad Hunt, Temple Police Information Officer said.
One of the officers shots hit the driver of the car. He then swerved and hit a maroon house, a trailer and a parked truck.
The officer and the other passengers in the SUV were taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
One of the passengers was a child.
The driver of the SUV has a life threatening injury from the gun shot.