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Man charged with attempted murder after Elmira cop struck by car

6:17 P.M. UPDATE:

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG) — An Elmira man accused of trying to run over a police officer is in custody.

Elmira police say an officer attempted to pull over 35-year-old Billy McGinnis on Wednesday afternoon on Partridge Street when McGinnis accelerated, striking the officer.

The Acura sedan police officers say McGinnis drove was found in the backyard of an Elmira residence around 1 a.m. on Thursday. McGinnis was located there and taken into custody.

Police say the vehicle had been reported stolen from someone in the Binghamton area and that the Acura’s license plates had been removed from the vehicle when it was found.

McGinnis is charged with first-degree attempted murder. He is being held in lock-up a he awaits arraignment in Elmira City Court.

The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.


ORIGINAL STORY:

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WBNG/WENY) — Elmira police say they’ve located a vehicle that was used by someone who struck a police officer Wednesday evening.

According to a post on the Elmira Police Department Facebook page, a dark-colored Acura sedan with New York license plates struck an officer who was on foot. Officers say the incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Partridge Street in Elmira.

Police updated the post at 2:39 a.m. on Thursday, stating the vehicle had been found. However, the department did not say if the driver was taken into custody.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

The officer who was hit was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the department at (607) 735-8600 or (607) 737-5626.

David Hermanovitch

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