Police officer struck by vehicle in Boynton Beach

Officer chasing shoplifting suspect when incident occurred, police say

A Boynton Beach police officer was struck by a car Wednesday afternoon on Gateway Boulevard. (Boynton Beach Police Department)

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A police officer was struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon in Boynton Beach.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the officer was struck at Gateway Boulevard and Congress Avenue.

Slater said the officer was running after a shoplifting suspect when the officer was struck by a car that was traveling east on Gateway Boulevard.

The officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

"We are asking the community to please pray for the officer and the men and women of the #BBPD during this difficult time," the Boynton Beach Police Department wrote on Twitter.

Roads in the area were shut down as authorities investigated the incident. 

The officer's identity was not immediately released. 

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