By CBSLA Staff

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — A Signal Hill police officer suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday after being hit by a gate rammed by a burglary suspect.

The officer, who was not identified, is a 4-year veteran of the Signal Hill Police Department currently assigned to patrol. He is in critical but stable condition, according to Long Beach police.

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The officer was one of several who responded to a burglary at an auto dealership in the 2800 block of Cherry Avenue at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. Police say the preliminary investigation determined a burglar got into the dealership by scaling a fence, and stole one of the dealership’s vehicles, using it to flee from officers and driving it recklessly into several objects and another unoccupied vehicle.

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A person matching the description of the dealership burglar was eventually caught just before 9 a.m., after the stolen vehicle was abandoned at the scene of a crash in the 7600 block of Gaviota. That person has been detained and is being interviewed by police.

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Anyone with information about the burglary or the crash can contact Long Beach police homicide Detectives Adrian Garcia or Sean Magee at (562) 570-7244.