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Police officer fired at woman, 85

A policeman is accused of firing at an 85-year-old handicapped woman after she backed into a car while leaving a grocery store in Puerto Rico and failed to stop.

The officer, who was on a bicycle, fired nine times, but failed to hit the woman, officials said.

Catalina Reyes was taken to hospital in San Juan for minor cuts from broken glass. the officer and a colleague were placed on administrative leave.

Mrs Reyes's daughter, Rosa Elsie Rosado, told reporters that her mother has two prosthetic knees.

Special police investigator Victor Carbonell said one bullet went through the windscreen on the driver's side and another through the driver's side window.

"It's a miracle she's alive," he said, adding that it was unclear whether Mrs Reyes knew she had hit someone when she put the car in reverse.

He said the woman inside the car that Mrs Reyes hit flagged down the officers who gave chase and forced her out of the car at gunpoint and ordered her to kneel.

Ms Rosado said: "It was horrific. I never imagined that something like this could happen, much less to my mother. He didn't notice that she was an elderly person ... He kept shooting like she was an animal."

Mr Carbonell said the officer accused, Emanuel Diaz Ortiz, had been with Guaynabo City Police for one year. He said the other officer involved in the case did not fire his weapon.

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