A Georgia police officer who was seriously injured by teens in stolen vehicle on Saturday morning said he decided not to use lethal force prior to the vehicle striking him and running him over because he couldn’t bear the thought of taking a “kid” from his mother.

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In a story on Law Officer, College Park Police say Officer Ivory Morris’ life was in danger and he had the legal right to use deadly force, but chose not to. Officer Morris sustained a broken leg and other serious injuries, and is currently hospitalized.

Morris told a WSB-TV reporter that he thought the teen was going to run over him a second time.

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“I was looking in that kid[’s] eyes. I was like, ‘I don’t want to hurt this kid.’ I didn’t want to take nobody’s kid away from them,” Morris said.

Authorities say the incident began around 1:30AM on Saturday morning. Based on information about a stolen car in the area, Officer Morris responded to the Hilton Garden Inn in an attempt to locate it.  When the officer arrived at the location, he saw the stolen vehicle drive away, and a 15-year-old boy walking away from the vehicle.

Officer Morris attempted to detain the suspect, but a struggle ensued.  The stolen vehicle returned to the location and the teen jumped on the hood of the vehicle, with Officer Morris still holding him, and then told the driver to take off.

“When I was on top of that car, I had my other hand free to reach for the gun. But I said, ‘I don’t want to. I don’t want to pull it.’”

Authorities say the 17-year-old driver turned the wheel of the car, causing Officer Morris and the other suspect to fall to the ground.  The driver then intentionally ran over both of them and sped away.

Officer Morris sustained significant injuries as well as the 15-year-0ld suspect. We wish Officer Morris a speedy recovery.

Police are still searching for the driver of the stolen Nissan.

I just have one question, where did the hesitation come from? Was it because he couldn’t bear to leave a mother without her child, or was he afraid of the mob that would be sure to protest a fatal shooting? I think we will see more officers injured in the future for failing to use force to protect themselves due to the war on police waged by the left and the media, and it’s very unfortunate.  Officers should never feel they cannot protect themselves when in danger.

One rule I learned on the job very early, we all go home safe at the end of the night. No matter what.

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