A Signal Hill police officer was released from the hospital and recovering at home after he was injured while responding to a call of an auto theft at a car dealership earlier this month, authorities said Thursday, Feb. 25.

It wasn’t disclosed how long the officer stayed at the hospital, but he was still recovering and had not yet returned to work, Lt. Kelli Crigler said.

The officer, a four-year veteran of the department, was among the first to respond to the call in the 2800 block of Cherry Avenue the morning of Feb. 3, according to Long Beach police.

He was injured when the suspect, 25-year-old Ricky Odell Allison, drove through a security fence, forcing it into the officer, in an attempt to elude capture after he scaled a fence and broke into an SUV, Long Beach police said.

Allison hit multiple items within the dealership before running through the fence, Long Beach police said. He was found 90 minutes later in North Long Beach after crashing the SUV in the 6700 block of Gaviota Avenue, police said.

Allison has since pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, grand theft auto and attempted burglary, according to court records. He remained jailed on more than $1 million bail, according to inmate records.



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