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Police: officer dragged by suspect's vehicle while responding to protective order complaint

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A Bristol police officer was dragged by a car on Saturday while responding to a complaint for a violation of a protective order.

At about 12:28 p.m., officers responded to 200 Blakeslee St., Hunting Woods Apartment Complex, for that complaint. 

According to police, when officers arrived, they located Mussa Mwanilelo, 24, of Springfield, MA, in a vehicle at the complex. An officer tried to stop Mwanilelo when he grabbed the officer's arm and pulled the officer into the vehicle. 

According to police, Mwanilelo then started driving the car and dragged the officer 25 feet. The officer was able to get free and only suffered minor injuries. 

"I think it's absolutely awful. You don't want anything like that to ever happen, especially to a police officer," said Alysha Sterns from Bristol. 

Witnesses told Eyewitness News that they saw a black SUV and two police cruisers pull into the complex around noon, and that's when everything took a turn for the worse.

"It's kind of crazy. It's really shocking," said Theresa Fay, a Bristol resident.

Mwanilelo fled the scene and was later located in Hartford on I-84, with assistance from Farmington police and Connecticut State Police. He was arrested and returned to the Bristol Police Department. 

"I'm actually shocked to hear that. It's pretty quiet here so I'm very shocked to hear that," said Monica Marioni, a Bristol resident.

"It's better. A lot better and I feel a lot safer," said Fay.

Mwanilelo was charged with assault on an officer, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment and five other charges. 

According to Bristol police, Mwanilelo does not have a prior criminal record.

He is being held on a $250,000 bond and will appear in court on Tuesday. 

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