DENVER - A Denver Police officer remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition, following surgery for injuries he sustained when he and three other officers were struck by a car, while escorting a student protest along East Colfax Avenue Wednesday.
Police Chief Robert White says it appears to have been an accident. "We believe the driver had a medical condition," he said.
The chief said all four injured. officers are assigned to the bicycle unit which patrols the 16th Street mall.
They had just finished monitoring the student march when they were struck near Colfax and High Street, while returning to the downtown area around noon.
"A cop on a bike just got hit by a car," said Kalee Garcia, who works at Pete's Kitchen.
Two other witnesses told 7NEWS that the officer was dragged by the car.
"He drug him right by me," said Roberta Kim Martinez, who was waiting for an RTD bus.
"I got pushed out of the way," she said. "I was on the ground, but I saw this cop get dragged. It was sad."
"I saw (the driver) hit two cops," said Ardeni Clifton. "The first one just fell and the second one was dragged."
John Adsit, a 9-year veteran, is the officer who was the most critically injured and underwent surgery, police said. Just after 6 p.m. Denver Police tweeted that he was out of surgery -- still critical but stable.
Denver police tweeted Wednesday that his family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers on his behalf.
"We will keep him and his family in prayer, hopefully, things will turn out OK," White said.
Police announced that the other officers were treated and released.
All four injured officers have extensive experience in the department.
The driver who struck the officers is also being treated for his medical condition. Police aren't releasing his name, but say he is in fair and stable condition.
Students at East High School walked out at 10 a.m. to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
The protest turned into a march to the state Capitol, then down the 16th Street Mall.
At one point, several hundred students blocked Colfax at Broadway. The students then started marching back down Colfax toward their school.
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