Officer in critical condition after collapsing while chasing suspect

Posted at 8:43 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 08:59:06-04

WHEATON, Md. (WMAR) — A police officer is in critical condition after collapsing while chasing a suspect.

Montgomery County Police said officers were at the Westfield Wheaton Mall investigating a shop lifting incident, when the suspect ran off, setting off a foot chase with officers.

During the pursuit, one of the officers suffered a medical emergency and collapsed.

Other officers on scene performed CPR until medics could arrive. The officer was transported to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring where he's listed in critical but stable condition.

It's unclear at this time what caused the officer to collapse. Police didn't say if the suspect was eventually caught.