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Turlock Police sergeant struck by car while holding 2 suspects at gunpoint

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POSTED December 8, 2012 12:45 a.m.

TURLOCK - A veteran Turlock Police sergeant holding two suspects at gunpoint was hit by a vehicle and sustained serious injuries Friday night.

Sgt. Anthony Silva, who has served on the Turlock Police Department for more than 23 years, sustained serious injuries to his lower extremities in the collision, Lt. Nino Amirfar said.

Silva is currently in stable condition at an area hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries, said police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

The collision happened shortly around 6:30 p.m. on S. Berkeley Avenue, just past Primrose Lane and south of East Avenue.

Silva was responding to a burglary-in-progress and had two suspects held at gunpoint, when an unrelated vehicle driving southbound on Berkeley struck Silva.

The driver was identified as a woman in her 50s. She stayed at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators, Police Chief Robert Jackson said. The woman was driving a four-door sedan.

Initial observations indicate the collision was accidental and that drugs and/or alcohol were not a factor, Jackson said. The woman had no involvement with the burglary suspects.

The accident happened just as additional officers were arriving to provide back-up.

Silva was taken by helicopter to an area hospital.

The two burglary suspects fled the scene when Silva was hit by the car.

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