OFFICER NEARLY SHOOTS GOOD SAMARITAN - 2008
Dramatic Police dash cam video, March 12/08, Amherst, Ohio; A civilian takes a gun away from a man holding it on his wife, but then runs toward an approaching police officer. The officer fires a shot at the man, luckily missing...the civilian gets arrested for his actions.
INNOCENT MAN’S CLOSE CALL 2008
An Amherst officer who had just arrived on scene to a back-up call had just a moment to decide whether or not to shoot at a man who was running toward him pointing a gun. It was a life and death situation and police say Officer Devin Small did what police officers are trained to do, he shot at the man. At a press conference Tuesday morning police said they're thankful a dashcam was rolling as the situation was unfolding. Police say the recording shows 50-year-old Robert Gonzalez, of Lorain holding a gun to his wife Nawassa's head. They were sitting down in the doorway of a business in downtown Amherst. That's when a passerby, Donald Gregg, saw the couple. Gregg stopped the first policeman who came to the scene and the officer started his dashcam. While that first officer called for assistance, police say Gregg went back to the couple. He was trying to get the husband to give up his gun. "At some point the male citizen got the gun from the male suspect and ran toward Patrolman Small, who was just again south of the incident, and pointed the gun at Patrolman Small. Patrolman Small fired, being in fear for his life," said Lt. Joseph Kucirek. Amherst police Lt. Kucirek said, despite orders from Officer Small to drop the gun, Gregg held it and ran toward Officer Small. Lucky for Gregg, Officer Small missed, hitting a street sign instead. "Luckily we were able to rely on the videotape and some audio from the videotape to put the story together and eventually find that the officer, Devin Small, acted reasonably and within police procedure with the action that he took," said Kucirek. After an internal investigation that involved looking at the tape, police say Officer Small was correct in firing at Gregg. Amherst Police say they won't file charges against Gregg. However, they advise others not to interfere in police matters. Police also pointed out that the Erie County Sheriff's Office has a warrant out for Gregg on another unrelated matter.
GRANDMA’S FINAL MOMENTS 2006 (TWO ANGLES)
POLICE HAVE RELEASED THE DASHCAM VIDEO OF A FATAL CRASH IN AMHERST, OHIO. COPS STOPPED THE DRIVER OF A SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLE BECAUSE HE WAS DRIVING ERRATICALLY. WHILE THEY WERE TALKING TO SUSPECT PHILLIP STERN, HE DROVE OFF. OFFICERS FOLLOWED THE SUV WHEN HE SLAMMED INTO ANOTHER CAR, KILLING THE 51-YEAR OLD WOMAN INSIDE. DRAMATIC DASHCAM. THE SUSPECT'S BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS NEARLY THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT.
MAN FLEES AND KILLS WOMAN (2 angles) (2006)
POLICE RELEASE DASHCAM FOOTAGE OF A FATAL CRASH IN AMHERST, OHIO. POLICE STOPPED THE DRIVER OF AN SUV BECAUSE HE WAS DRIVING ERRATICALLY. WHILE POLICE WERE TALKING TO SUSPECT PHILIP STERN, HE TOOK OFF. DURING THE CHASE STERN HIT ANOTHER CAR AT 65-MPH AND ENDING UP KILLING INNOCENT DRIVER SHEILA PIERCE. POLICE SAY STERN'S BLOOD ALCOHOL WAS THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT. STERN FACES DUI AND VEHICULAR HOMICIDE. (2 angles)