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Police ID officer seriously injured after being run over, dragged

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The New Britain Police Department has identified the officer who was seriously injured when a vehicle ran him over and dragged him under it.

Police said officer Brett Morgan, 28, has been with the New Britain Police Department for just under a year.

He was hired in March as a transfer from the Northhampton, MA, police department, where he was an officer for about two years.

"The entire New Britain Police Department family offers prayers and well wishes to Officer Brett Morgan and his family as he courageously faces numerous surgeries and recovers from his injuries," police said in a statement.

The incident began around 8 p.m. Sunday after the New Britain Police Department said it received a call about a vehicle being stolen in the area of North and Willow streets.

About 30 minutes later, Morgan believed he found the vehicle involved behind an apartment at 56 Wilcox St. and said he was going to investigate further.

Morgan then got out of his cruiser and was hit by the stolen vehicle as it was trying to flee the scene. Morgan was run over, became stuck under the car and was dragged approximately 100 feet back into the road, according to officers.

Police said when they located Morgan, they began to administer first aid.

New Britain police Chief James Wardwell said the responding officers arrived at the scene and were able to see the fleeing vehicle, but declined to chase it and instead stayed with Morgan in what Wardwell is calling a heroic move.

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