KABC SOUTH LOS ANGELES OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING PRESSER UPDATE (HD)
Source: KABC Location: Los Angeles, CA Metropolitan Division Officer Involved Shooting Update WHAT: News Conference WHEN: Monday, October 3, 2016 11:00 a.m. WHERE: LAPD Headquarters 100 West 1st Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Compstat Room) WHO: Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck WHY: Updated information regarding the officer involved shooting which occurred in the 1700 block of 107th Street on October 1, 2016. Los Angeles Chief Defends 2 Fatal Weekend Shootings By AMANDA LEE MYERS, ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES - Oct 3, 2016, 5:07 PM ET LAPD Fatal ShootingThe Associated Press Los Angeles Police officers stop their patrol vehicle to speak to neighbors and members of the community gathered around a makeshift memorial outside a residence on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Officers shot and killed Carnell Snell Jr. in south Los Angeles on Saturday at the end of a car chase, sparking a protest by several dozen people angered by another fatal police shooting of a black man. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)more + SHARE Email The Los Angeles police chief on Monday defended the use of deadly force against two men in separate fatal shootings over the weekend, saying one turned toward officers with a gun and the other pointed what looked like a real gun at police. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck released new details of Saturday's shooting of 18-year-old Carnell Snell in South Los Angeles and a fatal police shooting of an unidentified Hispanic man on Sunday. The shootings come amid heightened tensions over police actions involving black people and other minorities across the country. In the shooting of Snell, officers tried to pull over a car he was in because it had paper plates that didn't match the year of the vehicle - a possible indication of a stolen car and something commonly seen in drive-by shootings, Beck said. Snell, seated in the back, looked at officers and then ducked down "as if to hide from them," Beck said. When officers tried to pull the car over, Snell jumped out holding his waistband and the foot pursuit began, he said. After a chase of several hundred yards, Beck said, Snell took a gun from his waistband and turned in the direction of the pursuing officers, prompting the shooting. Snell died at the scene and police recovered a fully loaded semi-automatic gun with one round in the chamber within 5 feet of where Snell lay, Beck said, adding that the weapon had not been fired. Beck did not say whether one or more officers fired, how close they were to Snell, or whether the car turned out to be stolen. The officers were not wearing body cameras, but a surveillance video from a business clearly showed Snell was armed, Beck said. The shooting occurred in a Los Angeles neighborhood where nearly 450 people have been shot this year, making it the worst in the city for gun violence, Beck said. "We are doing our absolute best to take guns out of the hands of those that would use them against others, and sometimes that leads to circumstances where Los Angeles police officers are put into peril and have to defend themselves," the chief said. A group of people protested outside Beck's news conference, chanting, "No justice, no peace, no racist police." Three were arrested for unlawful assembly after refusing orders to leave police headquarters and take their demonstration to a public street. "We're so tired," said protester Jade Daniels, 24. "These kids don't want to die. What black person would point a gun at a group of cops?" Activists have called on police to publicly name the officers involved in the shooting, which occurred near Snell's home. They also appealed for a quick, transparent investigation. Snell was on probation after pleading no contest to one felony count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, according to court records. On Sunday, a man was shot when he pointed what turned out to be a replica handgun at police, Beck said, adding that an orange tip had been colored black to make the replica look real. The man remained unidentified. He was only described as Hispanic. Beck said both officers involved in that shooting were wearing body cameras and the footage supports their accounts while refuting claims that the man was shot on the ground. The officers were responding to reports of a man with a gun. "In both these instances the officers feared for their lives because of the actions of the individuals that they were pursuing," Beck said. Snell was the third black man in five days to die in confrontations with police in Southern California. Last Tuesday, Alfred Olango was fatally shot by an officer in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon when Olango took a "shooting stance" and pointed at an officer with what turned out to be a 4-inch vape pen - an electronic cigarette device. On Friday, Reginald Thomas died after being shot with a Taser by police in Pasadena. He was armed with a knife and his wife described him as mentally ill. Meanwhile, the family of a black man killed by police in Sacramento in July demanded murder charges Monday against two officers heard on a dash-cam video talking about trying to hit the man with their police cruiser before he was shot 14 times. --
CHASE’S EJECTIONS PROVE FATAL 2007
EXTREMELY YOUNG DRUNK DRIVER LOSES HIS LIFE WHEN HE LEADS COPS ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE THAT ENDS UNDER A TRAIN BRIDGE INTO A CEMENT WALL. THE DRIVER DIES INSTANTLY WHEN HIS BODY IS EJECTED THROUGH THE REAR WINDOW. THE PASSENGER SURVIVES AS HE IS THROWN ELSEWHERE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONTACT P.D. SINCE THIS WAS A VERY SENSITIVE INCIDENT.
FATAL SUV CHASE
Aerial footage from a police helicopter of a car chase that ends in a fatal accident with the fleeing SUV crashing into oncoming traffic. Please note There is approximately 5 and a half minutes of this footage. Source info obscured - all info available upon licensing.
POLICE CHASE ENDS IN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY
A police chase ends with a cruiser pushing an SUV off the road and causing it to hit a pedestrian on the sidewalk. Please note There is approximately 16 and a half minutes of this footage. Source info obscured - all info available upon licensing.
CYCLE CHASE LEADS TO CRASH 2009
The police officer pursuing a motorcyclist just before a fatal crash last month was radioing a supervisor about whether to continue the chase, according to county police officials, who said there are guidelines for any pursuit that could reach high speeds. A video from the Horry County police officer's dashboard-mounted camera released this week shows the motorcyclist speeding and weaving between lanes of traffic last month before the fatal collision. Before pursuing suspects, officers must consider the severity of the crime, the speed at which a suspect is traveling, potential harm to bystanders, the time of day, the condition of the police vehicle, along with weather, traffic and road conditions, officials said. dashcam0609 A police officers dashboard camera captured the chase and fatal wreck of a motorcyclist. "It comes down to: Do the dangers outweigh the necessity of making the arrest," said Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for Horry County police. "If there's a guy you're trying to stop for a traffic violation and he's eluding the police and he's being reckless, cutting in and out of traffic, maybe it's raining ... that's something that's more than likely will get cut off. That's not a dire need to make an arrest." Officers are more likely to pursue a suspect in a homicide or kidnapping, Kegler said. In this case, the officer, Scott Calderwood, attempted to conduct a traffic stop May 15 on a motorcycle that had been seen speeding on S.C. 544, according to a police report. He reported the bike was "traveling at a speed greater than surrounding traffic." The officer pulled his vehicle behind the motorcycle and learned the registration was expired as the bike began to accelerate away from a traffic light at S.C. 544 and Singleton Ridge Road, according to an incident report. Calderwood turned on his blue lights and siren and tried to catch up with the bike, which at one point drove between a pickup and a dump truck, according to the incident report. The officer reported he "began to stay back from the motorcycle" and was talking to a supervisor about the pursuit when the crash occurred. He was about 100 yards behind the motorcycle when the bike struck a vehicle that had turned into the center lane of S.C. 544 near West Cox Ferry Road. The pursuit lasted 50 seconds and occurred about 1¼ miles from where the chase began. It has not been determined how fast the driver, Bret Hill Allen, 46, of Aynor, was traveling at the time of the crash. The S.C. Highway Patrol's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating, according to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins. "There was no radar. [Calderwood] did not measure a specific speed, so he turned around and checked him out," Kegler said. James Preston of Darlington, who witnessed the crash, said this week that Allen passed him on S.C. 544 a few seconds before the crash. Preston said Allen "was probably speeding." Most area police departments mandate that officers talk to a supervisor before the chase begins or during its early stages. If the highway patrol is involved, the pursuing officer must be in constant communication with a supervisor. A backup vehicle will help communicate weather, traffic conditions and the speed of the chase to a dispatch official. "If something like this occurs, the dispatcher will alert everyone in that area that a pursuit is in progress," said Sid Gaulden, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Public Safety. "That shuts off all other communication, except for those four people." Officers at the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office don't have a speed limit they must follow, said Sgt. Neil Johnson. They do have rules governing pursuits. In cases where police know the name of the suspect, officers may not pursue the suspect but rather obtain a warrant in hopes of arresting the person at a later time, Johnson said. Allen's death was one of three fatal motorcycle crashes reported during May's Harley-Davidson spring rally.
HIGH SPEED CRASH ON TAPE 2007
POLICE IN BURLESON, TEXAS HAVE RELEASED A DRAMATIC DASHCAM TAPE OF A PURSUIT THAT ENDS WITH A FATAL CRASH. THE DRIVER HAD STOLEN THE TRUCK AND LED COPS ON A CHASE DOWN INTERSTATE-35 WEST. THE SUSPECT 41-YEAR OLD HJAMES VORHEES CAN BE SEEN PRIOR TO THE CRASH SWERVING ALL OVER THE ROAD AND AS HE JUKES TO AVOID A POLICE SPIKE STRIP HE RUNS RIGHT INTO A CEMENT BRIDGE SUPPORT BEAM.
RAM AND ROLL SHOOTOUT 2007
One man is dead and two officers are injured after an overnight chase and shooting. Police said an officer tried to pull over a car on Cornell Road near Sycamore High School for driving without lights just before 12:30 a.m. The officer told dispatchers that he thought the Monte Carlo might be one stolen from Clermont County last week. Officers said the driver of the car, Charles Wayne Bennett, tried to run over the officer, then raced away, turning onto Reed Hartman Highway. As officers pursued the car at speeds up to 100 mph, they said Bennett rammed his car into a police cruiser, then hit a tree. But when officers approached on foot near Cooper Road, police said, Bennett drove the car at them again and continued down Reed Hartman as police fired on the car. "The vehicle was being used as a weapon," said police Capt. James Schaffer. After another collision, the car stopped again, and an officer attempted to arrest Bennett. When Bennett tried to hit the officer with the car, the officer ended up on the car's hood and fired twice, hitting Bennett at least once. Bennett, 37, was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Blue Ash police said two officers suffered injuries in the chase.
MAN SHOOTS AT COP, GETS SHOT (2008)
Police say it all started when Louis Avrin, 36, of Caldwell allegedly robbed the Brookshire Brothers grocery store at gunpoint. According to police, Avrin pointed a gun at several employees, saying he had 16 bullets and would fire them if he didn't get what he wanted. Police say he got away with $5,000 in cash. Officials say Avrin then walked out of the store and car-jacked a woman at gunpoint. He then allegedly took police on a high-speed chase. Caldwell Police Officer Cougan Hignight was called to the scene and quickly found himself in a high speed pursuit. Caldwell Police Chief Paul Lilly soon joined in the chase. One that took both officers down winding roads and through a field. However, neither officer expected what happened next. Avrin crashed the stolen vehicle into a tree then fired, hitting Officer Hignight in the arm. "He was getting out of his car after he saw the man pointing the gun," Deputy Chief Daniel McElroy with the Caldwell Police Department said. "He got out, the bullet came through the windshield and struck him, it ended up in his back." Highnight then fired back 10 times, Lilly fired four. Avrin was shot three times, one bullet skimmed his face and nose, one hit him in the hip, the third shot hit his neck and offered a fatal blow.
ENRAGED EX HUSBAND GUNNED DOWN BY COPS 2009
DEPUTIES FATALLY SHOT A MAN AFTER A WOMAN CALLED 911 FROM HER CAR SAYING HER EX-HUSBAND WAS ARMED AND CHASING HER IN HIS TRUCK. WHEN COPS GOT TERRY MEADORS TO FINALLY PULL OVER, HE HAD A GUN IN HIS HAND AND WAS WAVING IT AROUND, SO POLICE CORRECTLY DROPPED HIM WITH AN ARRAY OF BULLETS. MANCHESTER IS ABOUT HALF WAY BETWEEN CHATTANOOGA AND NASHVILLE.
JUMP THE MEDIAN CHASE (2006)
WHAT STARTED AS A SIMPLE ARGUMENT TURNED INTO A FATAL SHOOTING FOLLOWED BY A HIGH SPEED CHASE. POLICE HAVE RELEASED THE VIDEO OF THE CHASE WITH THE MURDER SUSPECT. THE DRIVER WAS WANTED FOR A FATAL SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED THE NIGHT BEFORE IN FRONT OF AN APARTMENT COMPLEX. TROOPERS CAUGHT UP WITH THE ALLEGED GUNMAN WHEN HE WAS TRAVELING AT SPEEDS OVER 100 MILES PER HOUR BEFORE JUMPING A MEDIAN. THE SUSPECT, JOSEPH LEE, THEN TOOK OFF ON FOOT BEFORE BEING CAPTURED BY THE POLICE.
ALBANY COP NEARLY HIT 2010
POLICE HAVE RELEASED VIDEO SHOWING AN ALBANY POLICE OFFICER FATALLY SHOOTING A 37-YEAR OLD DRIVER WHO HAD RAMMED THE OFFICER WITH HIS CAR.
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.
High Speed Chase Crash (12/12/1993)
High Speed Chase caught on tape ends in one fatality for a passenger of a stolen car.
BLUE VAN FATALITY CHASE (2001)
A PURSUIT OF A STOLEN BLUE MINI-VAN INVOLVING SOUTH CAROLINA POLICE AND TROOPERS. THE VAN LOSES CONTROL AND FLIPS A FEW TIMES. AT THE END OF THE CHASE THE VAN IS COMPLETELY CRUSHED. AT ONE POINT YOU CAN HEAR ONE OFFICER SAY THAT THE SUSPECT ISN'T GOING TO MAKE IT." HE MAY HAVE BEEN DEAD WHEN THEY FOUND HIM.
Trooper Chase DASHCAM /Criminal Killed 1996
Christopher Hirsch and pasenger Adam Hotkiewicz stole a pickup truck in Chisago County, MN and went for a joy ride in a nearby wildlife area. Both were living in Chisago City at the time. Hirsch failed to stop for conservation officers and turned on to Interstate Hwy. 35 and led troopers on a chase that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The pickup followed the I-494/694 beltway around the Twin Cities and had started making a second loop when it was rammed by officers. Curt Karges and other state troopers rammed the stolen pickup truck, then rushed it's occupants. passenger Adam Hotkiewicz was fatally shot by trooper Karges. The videotape from a camera mounted in two of the squad cars was ordered to be made public on Friday September 27 by a Ramsey County judge after the Star Tribune sued the MN Dept. of Public Safety to obtain it's release.
METH HEAD 20 SECOND CHASE IS FATAL 2006
COPS HAVE BEEN CLEARED IN THEIR ACTIONS FOLLOWING A 2006 TRAFFIC STOP AND CHASE IN PARADISE, CALIFORNIA. THE TAPE SHOWS POLICE PULLING OVER A TOYOTA SUV. WITHIN SECONDS, THE DRIVER'S GIRLFRIEND JUMPS OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND THEN THE DRIVER SHAYNE TINNEL JUMPS BACK IN AND TAKES OFF ON A VERY SHORT HIGH SPEED CHASE. AS OFFICERS GOT BACK INTO THEIR VEHICLES TO GIVE CHASE THEY HEAR FROM DISPATCH THAT THERE HAS BEEN A COLLISION. WHEN POLICE ARRIVE ON THE SCENE, WE SEE THE SMOKY WRECK AND OTHER OFFICERS WITH GUNS DRAWN. TINNEL HAS CRASHED INTO AN INNOCENT DRIVER NAMED KATHRYN BOGOSIAN WHO DIES FROM THE IMPACT. TINNEL ALSO DIED UPON IMPACT. AN AUTOPSY REPORT SHOWED THAT TINNEL HAD METH IN HIS SYSTEM AT A HIGH ENOUGH LEVEL MAKE HIM QUITE "OUT OF IT".
GOODYEAR CHASE (2006)
A GOODYEAR POLICE OFFICER ON HIS WAY HOME, SPOTTED A CAR RUNNING A RED LIGHT. AFTER OBSERVING THE OTHER SIGNS OF POSSIBLE IMPAIRMENT, THE OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE CAR AFTER IT GOT ONTO THE INTERSTATE. THE 26-YEAR-OLD DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP AND FLED WITH HIS THREE PASSENGERS. AT AN EXIT, THE DRIVER DROVE ACROSS AN EMBANKMENT ROLLING THE CAR INTO A TREE. AFTER IMPACT, THE CAR CAUGHT FIRE. OFFICERS REMOVED THE TWO FEMALE BACKSEAT PASSENGERS (17 AND 14 YEARS OF AGE) BUT COULD NOT GET TO EITHER THE DRIVER OR FRONT SEAT PASSENGER (19), BOTH WHO DIED AT THE SCENE. IT WAS LATER LEARNED THE CAR WAS REPORTED STOLEN. THE FEMALE PASSENGERS WERE TRANSPORTED TO AREA HOSPITALS.
SNOWY CHASE ENDS IN DEADLY CRASH 2010
Dashcam video of the chase involving two shoplifters and Oregon police that led to one death has been released. The pursuit started in Oregon but ended around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning on North Wheeling near Consaul Streets in east Toledo when the suspects crashed. As the suspect's car approaches Oregon Police officer Brian Emch, the driver's side door swings open then shuts. Then you hear a woman screaming, "Help me! Help me! Help me!" Police believe that's 47-year-old Tonya Smith, also known as Tony Joyner. In the car with her is 29-year-old Gabrielle Harris. At this point, police think Harris is a man, and all "he/his" on the tape refer to her. The two women are accused shoplifters who are fleeing from Meijer. Officer Emch turns his car around and begins his pursuit. Harris is in the passenger seat, but may actually be the one driving the car while Smith tries jumping out. "Two dispatch. Be advised she's got her legs out," calls officer Emch. "She's all over the road. He's trying to drive the vehicle right now from his side." The car blows through four stop lights along Wheeling and swerves all over the snow covered road. "Still running with no lights on. No lights," advises Emch. Police believe the car reached speeds of more than 60 mph. Once officer Emch loses sight of it, the pursuit is called off. But seconds later Emch comes upon a wreck. "They've crashed on northbound Wheeling. I don't know where they're at. Northbound Wheeling." Police say Smith was thrown from the car and killed when it went airborne and slammed into a power pole. Harris survived but ran. Police later tracked her down. She was released from a local hospital into police custody, where she was taken to jail. Harris was arraigned Wednesday and is being held on $100,000 bond. She's charged with, among other things, involuntary manslaughter.
GUY ON MOTORCYCLE KILLED IN CORNFIELD - (2006)
TWO WILLIAMSON COUNTY POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CLEARED IN THE DEADLY SHOOTING OF A DRUG SUSPECT WHO LED THEM ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE WITH HIS MOTORCYCLE. ON THE TAPE YOU CAN SEE THE SUSPECT DRAW A LOADED GUN AS OFFICERS PLEAD WITH HIM TO DROP THE WEAPON.
REVIEW OF PURSUIT RULES AFTER DEADLY CRASH (2017)
The Apple Valley Police Department is reviewing its pursuit policy after a high-speed chase in October killed two people - the suspect officers were trying to pull over and an innocent woman, who was a mother of five. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS obtained dash camera video, which can be viewed here, from the night of October 10, 2016 through a Minnesota Data Practices Act request. The video shows a van traveling at high speeds through residential areas of Apple Valley and Burnsville before ultimately crashing at the intersection of County Road 5 and 131st Street West. The suspect, identified as Matthew Vogel, died after hitting Letica Ocampo in the intersection. While the department is defending the decision to pursue Vogel as he fled from police, Capt. Nick Francis said administration is looking at whether standard operating procedures need to change. "A lot of it comes down to the violation, the traffic conditions and the manner in which the suspect is driving," Francis said during an interview Tuesday. "It was our responsibility to try and stop this person, to get them off the road." Francis said the Savage Police Department had reported that the van was involved in a hit and run earlier that day. "This person had already struck someone in another community, fled from that, now they're fleeing from us," Francis said. Apple Valley officers did not know it was Vogel behind the wheel of the van at the time of the pursuit, nor did they know that the 22-year-old's criminal history included drug convictions, assault on a police officer and speeding violations. Francis said the dash camera shows both the van and the Apple Valley police officer, identified as Cory Yard, driving at speeds that were much faster than the 40 mph posted speed limit. "That driver never made any attempts to slow down or stop," Francis said. When the van enters the city of Burnsville, the video shows Vogel driving into oncoming traffic. Francis said that is when Yard and Sgt. Jason Weishaar decided to back away from the pursuit. "At this point, the speeds were well above the posted limit and the officers weren't comfortable with that," Francis said. "The officers were probably going 80 or so." Yard was nearly a quarter mile behind Vogel when the crash happened. The video shows a large flash from the road. The vehicles catch on fire shortly after. "The officers that were involved in this are devastated," Francis said.
FLEEING DRIVER’S CHASE GETS TRUNKATED 2008
Aiken Public Safety said its officer did not violate any internal policies and "acted properly" during a police pursuit this weekend on Silver Bluff Road when the driver being chased crashed into a tree and died. (IRD FYI: On Dashcam) The 22-year-old driver, Brendan Ryan Wilson of 1207 Gray Mare Hollow Road, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday. His death is the 21st fatal crash in Aiken County this year, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. The pursuing officer, Chris Carter, who has been with the department for eight years, has been cleared to return to work and can report to his duties with the City's Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) team today, said Carter's supervisor, Capt. Wendell Hall. Department officials said they have reviewed the in-car camera footage from Carter's car and determined that he acted properly and in accordance with national standards during the pursuit. Hall added that the officer attempted to get the driver to pull over, first by pulling up beside him before the chase began. Hall said the footage will show that Carter attempted to stop the Jeep on Whiskey Road near the Aiken Mall before 3:30 a.m., but the motorist continued south on Whiskey Road. The officer then pulled up beside the vehicle. "But he refused to stop," Hall said. From Whiskey Road, the Jeep turned onto Chime Bell Church Road, police said. The Jeep was then traveling in excess of 80 mph, according to officials. The pursuit continued onto Anderson Pond Road and then to Silver Bluff Road where the fatal crash occurred. On Monday, Wilson's mother, Kim Davies, said the chase should have never continued past Whiskey Road. "He was running away from the blue lights," Davis said. "Why couldn't they stop and get the license plate and find him later?" Carter had contacted a supervisor before continuing after the motorist he believed was impaired and was told he should continue in the interest of public safety, Hall said. But Davies said it shouldn't have been handled that way. "If they had stopped, maybe he would have slowed down," she said Police said the incident could have ended quickly, but the driver would not pull over. Wilson has had brushes with local law enforcement before. In May, Aiken Public Safety ticketed him for not having a South Carolina driver's license, speeding 51 mph in a 31 mph zone, no seat belt and careless driving. In June, New Ellenton police stopped the motorist for speeding. He was charged with driving under suspension and speeding 50 mph in a 35 mph zone. Wilson did not have a S.C. driver's license, police said. The Aiken Standard and other media outlets have requested copies the footage, which Hall said will likely be available this week.
POLICE CHASE ENDS IN FATALITY / CRASH 2004
POLICE PURSUIT INVOLVING GAYNETT HARSHAW IN WHICH SHE WAS PURSUED BY SEVERAL POLICE CARS AND AT THE END OF THE CHASE, THE SUSPECT CRASHES HER CAR INTO A TUFFY STORE KILLING HERSELF AND AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER NAMED HARRY STRIDER. WE DON'T SEE THE ACTUAL MOMENT OF IMPACT OF THE CRASH, BUT WE DO HAVE SEVERAL ANGLES OF THE CHASE AND RESULTS OF THE CRASH JUST SECONDS AFTER IT HAS HAPPENED.
CHASE’S RAMMING END AND SHOOTOUT 2008
Authorities in Bonner County have released the dash camera video from a patrol car that shows the pursuit and fatal shooting of a would-be robber in July. The July 7th video, shot from the dash camera of Deputy Mitch Parnell's car, offers a chilling look at the last few minutes of Mark Eric Betts' life. "Each time it's the same ... it's shocking and it's scary," Bonner County Sheriff Elaine Savage described her personal reaction to the video. The video starts as Deputy Parnelll pulls out on his way to help fellow officers and deputies who are trying to get Mark Betts to pull his SUV over after he was seen stealing $40 in liquor from a Ponderay liquor store. Betts turns off Highway 95 onto a side road after avoiding a set of spike strips and that's when an Ponderay Police Chief Michael Hutter moves his truck in to force Betts off the road. The video then shows Deputy Parnell moving around the passenger side of Betts' SUV just as he's attempting to climb out of the passenger side door with a gun. Betts fired at Parnell, a bullet just missing Parnell and nicking the collar of his uniform. Sidestepping to the right and then backing away from the vehicle, Parnell fired multiple rounds through the passenger side window at Betts. Betts was hit and killed. Last week the Bonner County Prosecutors cleared all three deputies that were involved in the shooting of any wrongdoing. "They all realized how dangerous the job is. But what I think happens on this Monday afternoon reinforces the dangers of their jobs and how quickly something so simple can turn so bad," Sheriff Savage said, adding all three deputies involved in the incident will be honored for their service in Novembe
WASHING MACHINE PURSUIT 2007
The Lauderdale County Sheriff gets a call from a citizen reporting that someone suspicious is loading furniture into a truck in his neighborhood in the early hours of he morning. And the owner of the residence where the loading is taking place is supposedly on vacation. The caller reporting the crime is now in pursuit of the vehicle when he the call the Sheriff’s Office a second time. The Sheriff’s Department takes over the pursuit and it’s on. The vehicle is a truck towing an open framed trailer with the stolen washing machine in it. The chase goes all over the town while washing machine jiggles along. The Meridian Police Department is called for back up and they use their units to block off side streets while the pursuit takes place. Over hills and around curves we follow the precariously perched washer. Eventually the driver of the truck tries to shake the washer free to block the road from the pursuing law enforcement units. Many attempts are made to fishtail the trailer and dump the washer. Finally it does shake free and crashes to the side to the road almost hitting our officer in pursuit, but not quite. The truck takes a bad turn and ends up on a dead-end road where he enters a cemetery. Several dusty turns and loops through the cemetery and he can go no further so he surrenders.