STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Stamford police officer has been critically injured in a fall that occurred while he was chasing a robbery suspect on foot.

Assistant Police Chief Jim Mathan says the 36-year-old officer, whose name has not been released, fell about 20 feet from a bridge abutment over Interstate 95 in Norwalk early Thursday morning, and was undergoing surgery at Norwalk Hospital.

Police arrested 30-year-old Frank Douglas after the chase. He faces numerous charges including robbery, assaulting a police officer and cruelty to animals. Police say he choked a police dog during the struggle to apprehend him.

Police say the chase began shortly after 1 a.m. when a witness reported that a man was being beaten and robbed in Stamford. Police chased the suspect’s car from Stamford into Norwalk, where it crashed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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