COPS FIRE FOR THEIR LIVES 2008
Two Richmond County deputies will not be charged in a deadly shooting at an Augusta housing complex. A grand jury has cleared deputies Jose Rivera-Ortiz and Michael Hodge. They shot and killed a suspect last December when he tried to run them over with his SUV at Cherry Tree Crossing. The grand jury listened to witness testimony and watched dash cam video for several hours before reaching their decision. 26 News was there as deputies Jose Rivera Ortiz and Michael Hodge left the court house. Jurors found they were acting within the law when they shot Justin Elmore after he tried to run them over. 26 News obtained a copy of the dash cam video from the shooting last December (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO). It shows the deputies surround Elmore's vehicle. As the deputies walked towards the SUV you can see Elmore drive towards the deputies. That's when they fired shots. Investigators say Elmore was being pulled over after they received a tip that drugs and weapons were in his SUV. 26 News was at Cherry Tree Crossing housing community the night of the shooting and the night Elmore died as people in the neighborhood protested in the streets. They threw bottles and bricks at deputies and set trash cans on fire. After the grand jury's decision, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office took steps to prevent a repeat of last December's violence. More than 60 officers were on standby just down the street from the housing community to make sure things were quiet. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol and the FBI were ready to assist.
SUSPECTS ASKS COPS TO SHOOT (2009)
"It's unbelievable. It was very dangerous for the public." That's how Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon describes an early Friday morning high speed chase that ended with the suspect asking police to shoot him. Gordon says one of his department's officers tried to pull over a weaving Mercedes on Windward Parkway around 1:45 am. But the driver, Thomas Lackey, of Marietta took off instead, turning south on Georgia 400 and hitting speeds of more than 130 miles an hour. Lackey's Mercedes can be seen suddenly exiting off GA 400, narrowly missing another car, and turning right onto Old Milton Parkway. He soon loses control, crosses the median and continues driving on the wrong side of the road until his Mercedes sideswipes a police cruiser and crashes. Ironically, the chase ends almost in front of the Alpharetta Police Headquarters. Right after he wrecks, Lackey bolts from his damaged Mercedes, slams the door and charges toward officers who then tackle him to the ground. Other than sirens, there's no other audio on the video, but according to Gordon, his officers say Lackey shouted, "Shoot me! shoot me!" One of the officers uses a stun gun on him instead after Lackey refuses to quit fighting. Now instead of just a DUI charge, Lackey also faces charges of fleeing, resisting arrest, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and numerous traffic charges.
IT’S RAINING SPARKS CHASE (2011)
A SMALL PICKUP TRUCK IS BEING PURSUED IN DARIEN, GEORGIA. THE SUSPECT HAS ALREADY BEEN SPIKED WITH POLICE STOP STICKS AND IS RIDING ON AT LEAST ONE RIM. THE SHOW IS IMPRESSIVE WHEN THE BARE METAL MEETS THE PAVEMENT AND IT’S ALL CAUGHT ON TAPE.
Geo Metro Gets Mauled - 2006
It's quite simply one of the wildest chases in the history of Northern Georgia. A suspect does all he can to elude capture in the town of Woodstock. The man is suspected in a drive-by shooting and it's obvious he wants nothing to do with the law. He and a passenger are in a little Geo Metro but he takes turns like he's driving a Porsche. The local PD decide it's time to try and block him in. But the suspect slips the trap and slams a police car on his way out. It turns out, this guy is just getting started. He passes cars on the right. He passes motorcycles on the left. He's not about to let anyone or anything slow him down. He continues to value his own freedom over other people's lives as he jumps the median and speeds through an intersection. As he speeds through a gas station, a bus load of kids have front row seats for the action. Finally, the lead officer gets the opportunity he's been waiting for. When the suspect can't quite complete a turn, the officer sees an opportunity to end the pursuit. The suspect isn't done, yet, but neither is the officer. A second ram knocks off the bumper, but the Metro keeps moving. It's time to cut him off once and for all. After terrorizing everyone in his path, this threat to public safety is finally off the road. He can expect to not be driving for quite awhile since he faces numerous felony charges from Assault to Eluding Arrest to Criminal Damage.
DASHCAM SHOOTING 2005
A DASHCAM CATCHES A DEADLY CONFRONTATION BETWEEN AND POLICE OFFICER AND A MAN WITH A RIFLE. DEPUTY JAMES COFFEL CHASED CHARLES LEE LAMB JR. FOR MILES AFTER ANOTHER DRIVER CALLED IN AND SAID HE HAD A GUN IN THE CAR WITH HIM. LAMB IGNORED SEVERAL WARNINGS TO DROP THE GUN AND HE POINTED IT AT THE OFFICER..THAT'S WHEN THE COP HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SHOOT THE MAN. LAMB WAS SHOT THREE TIMES IN THE CHEST. HIS FAMILY DOESN'T KNOW WHY HE HAD THE GUN.
DEPUTY SHOT IN THE FACE 2006
POLICE HAVE RELEASED THIS VIDEO OF THE SHOOTING AND BEATING OF DEPUTY STEVE RANKIN. THE VIDEO SHOWS SUSPECT SHOOTING THE DEPUTY IN THE FACE AND THEN PISTOL WHIPPING HIM AND TRYING TO SHOOT HIM AGAIN. THE 25-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY WAS SHOT UNDER HIS EYE AND THE BULLET LODGED NEAR HIS SPINE. 32-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT BRIAN WESTBROOK SURRENDERED TO OFFICERS LATER AT THE MLK TRAILER PARK IN CORDELE, GEORGIA.
deputy shot in the face 2006
POLICE HAVE RELEASED THIS VIDEO OF THE SHOOTING AND BEATING OF DEPUTY STEVE RANKIN. THE VIDEO SHOWS SUSPECT SHOOTING THE DEPUTY IN THE FACE AND THEN PISTOL WHIPPING HIM AND TRYING TO SHOOT HIM AGAIN. THE 25-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY WAS SHOT UNDER HIS EYE AND THE BULLET LODGED NEAR HIS SPINE. 32-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT BRIAN WESTBROOK SURRENDERED TO OFFICERS LATER AT THE MLK TRAILER PARK IN CORDELE, GEORGIA.
CLASSIC DASHCAM: DRUNK COWGIRL HOPES TO BE ABLE TO BLOW SOMETHING 1995
A clearly drunk, attractive young woman with a very short skirt from Arizona gets pulled over for the "first time". She explains to the officer that she rides horses all day and her knees bruise easily. She claims that she has bad eyes and has no depth perception. She does a lousy job of the field sobriety tests. Then she asks if she gets to "blow anything". Once realizing she's getting arrested she says that she needs to be at work tomorrow at 6AM. He says she probably won't make it. Then she turns on the waterworks. She then claims that the road was on a slope - which is why she failed.
SUICIDE BY COP ON TAPE 2005
A DASHCAM CATCHES A DEADLY CONFRONTATION BETWEEN AND POLICE OFFICER AND A MAN WITH A RIFLE. DEPUTY JAMES COFFEL CHASED CHARLES LEE LAMB JR. FOR MILES AFTER ANOTHER DRIVER CALLED IN AND SAID HE HAD A GUN IN THE CAR WITH HIM. LAMB IGNORED SEVERAL WARNINGS TO DROP THE GUN AND HE POINTED IT AT THE OFFICER..THAT'S WHEN THE COP HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO SHOOT THE MAN. LAMB WAS SHOT THREE TIMES IN THE CHEST. HIS FAMILY DOESN'T KNOW WHY HE HAD THE GUN.
REMOTE CEMETERY SHOOTOUT! - 2005
REMOTE CEMETERY SHOOTOUT - A WOMAN REPORTED MISSING BY HER FAMILY IN SEPTEMBER WAS FOUND UNINJURED INSIDE THE CAR OF A MAN KILLED AFTER A HIGH-SPEED CHASE WITH GEORGIA LAW ENFORCEMENT. AUTAUGA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. WAS INVESTIGATING KEVIN TODD SCREWS FOR IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER. CHASE ENDED WITH GUNFIRE INVOLVING SEVERAL OFFICERS AT WOODLAWN CEMETERY. DEPUTIES THOUGHT SUSPECT HAD A GUN, WHEN IN FACT IT WAS A CELL PHONE.
TRUCK LOSES TAILGATE CHASE 2004
COPS ARE IN HOT PURSUIT OF A TRUCK IN GEORGIA. DURING THE CHASE THE TAILGATE OF THE TRUCK FALLS OFF AND COPS NEED TO RESORT TO SHOOTING THE TIRES OUT TO BEING THE SUSPECT UNDER CONTROL. NO OTHER INFO AVAILABLE.
DEPUTY SHOT IN THE FACE 2006
POLICE HAVE RELEASED THIS VIDEO OF THE SHOOTING AND BEATING OF DEPUTY STEVE RANKIN. THE VIDEO SHOWS SUSPECT SHOOTING THE DEPUTY IN THE FACE AND THEN PISTOL WHIPPING HIM AND TRYING TO SHOOT HIM AGAIN. THE 25-YEAR-OLD DEPUTY WAS SHOT UNDER HIS EYE AND THE BULLET LODGED NEAR HIS SPINE. 32-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT BRIAN WESTBROOK SURRENDERED TO OFFICERS LATER AT THE MLK TRAILER PARK IN CORDELE, GEORGIA.
BROTHERS AT ARMS 2004
COPS ARE CALLED TO A HOME FOR A “DOMESTIC DISPUTE”, ONLY INSTEAD OF A HUSBAND AND WIFE BEATING ON EACH OTHER IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE TWO BROTHERS SHOOTING AT EACH OTHER! WHEN COPS ARRIVE THEY SEE ONE BROTHER HOLDING A SHOTGUN FIRING AT THE OTHER. COPS QUICKLY TELL HIM TO DROP THE GUN. OF COURSE THIS RAGE FILLED BROTHER IGNORES THAT REQUEST AND CONTINUES TO TRY AND MOW DOWN HIS KIN. AN OFFICER QUICKLY EMPTIES TWO SHELLS INTO THE MAN AND DROP HIM TO THE GROUND. AN AMBULANCE WAS CALLED AND THE SUSPECT WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY 1ST DEGREE.
SHOCKING FLYING TIRE KILLS WOMAN 2010
YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS TO BELIEVE IT! A FAMILY MINIVAN IS PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD TO FIX A FLAT. OFFICER HAS HIS DASHCAM ROLLING AS HE PULLS OVER TO ASSIST THE FAMILY. OUT OF NOWHERE A FREE FLYING CAR TIRE COMES SHOOTING TOWARDS FAMILY AND HITS MOTHER WHO IS SITTING ON THE GUARDRAIL. TIRE BOUNCES OFF OF HER AND OUT OF SIGHT. IT HAPPENS SO FAST AND FURIOUS THAT NO ONE EVEN KNOWS THE MOTHER WAS HIT! UNBELIEVABLE VIDEO.
DRUG RUNNERS HIT A WALL 2004
COPS ARE ON THE TAIL OF A DRUG RUNNER AND THE CHASE OPENS WITH A BANG...LITERALLY...AS A SHOOTOUT TAKE PLACE. THE CHASE ENDS A SHORT TIME LATER WHEN THE BAD GUY CRASHES INTO A WALL. SUSPECT SURVIVED THE IMPACT.
I’LL BEAT YOUR DAMN ASS! 2000
A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP ON A SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER TURNS UGLY WHEN THE BAD GUYS DON’T WANT TO COOPERATE. THE 2 SUSPECTS WERE EVENUTALLY ARRESTED.
COP SHOOTOUT ON TAPE 2005
OFFICER TRIES TO STOP A DRIVER WHO WAS REPORTEDLY BRANDISHING A WEAPON WHILE DRIVING. THE DRIVER REFUSED TO STOP AND CONTINUED DRIVING A FEW MILES BEFORE PULLING OVER. HE THEN ADVANCED ON THE OFFICER WITH A LOADED WEAPON. THE DRIVER WAS GUNNED DOWN BY THE OFFICER AND LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD.
MULTI ANGLE MALL CHASE 2008
WILD CHASE OF A WHITE PICKUP TRUCK IN GEORGIA THAT SPILLS INTO AND AROUND A BIG MALL, EVEN INTO THE MALL’S PARKING RAMPS. WILD ONE! POLICE SHOOT AT THE TRUCK AND EVERYTHING!
CLASSIC DASHCAM: GIANT AMUSED BY TINY COP 1996
Officer pulls over a rather tall gentleman for suspicion of DUI. The suspect seems amused by their size discrepancy during most of the stop, but gets arrested anyway.
REDNECK COP SHOOTS SUSPECT (1998)
A TROOPER STOPS TWO INDIVIDUALS AND THE PASSENGER HAS A GUN IN HIS HAND FROM THE BEGINNING AND REFUSES TO DROP THE GUN. THE TROOPER KEEPS REPEATING "ILL SHOOT YOUR ASS." HE EVENTUALLY GETS HIS ASS SHOT! VIDEO QUALITY IS GREAT -- CONSIDERING HOW OLD IT IS.
colonel sanders on dashcam 1990
officers respond to a disturbance on the side of a highway. a loose chicken. after trying to corral the chicken without much success, one officer decides on the most convenient way to end this ruckus....you can guess the rest. WHAM-O! KIND OF FUNNY IF YOU LIKE THAT SORT OF THING.
OFFICER CLEARED IN DEADLY SHOOTING 2003
Investigators in Cherokee County reconstructed the events that led up to a shooting by a Holly Springs police officer that left a Ball Ground man dead. Police said 59-year-old David Michael Purdy Sr. was initially chased by a Marietta police officer who spotted him driving erratically on Interstate 75 on Sunday. Holly Springs Police and Cherokee County Sheriff's deputies picked up the chase on Interstate 575 where Purdy eventually pulled his car to the side of the road. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as his son, 37-year-old David Michael Purdy Jr. Like surveyors, Cherokee County Sheriff traffic unit officers mapped out the crime scene on Interstate 575 one day after the shooting. Lanes of traffic were closed off on Monday while integral points of the crime were plotted to scale. Purdy's vehicle was surrounded by three patrol cars just north of Sixes Road on Interstate 575. According to investigators, a Cherokee County Sheriff patrol car pulled in behind Purdy's car while a Holly Springs patrol car pulled in front. Another patrol car pulled alongside Purdy's door. Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison says the Holly Springs officer got out of his car and approached Purdy. Sheriff Garrison says that's when Purdy rammed all three patrol cars to break free. "The perpetrator throws it in reverse, rams the car in the back, and then strikes the car in the front, which throws the patrol car into the officer, at such time he returned fire," Garrison said. Sheriff Garrison says veteran Holly Springs police officer Will Round fired seven shots at Purdy. The suspect's vehicle plowed through the three patrol cars, crossed over the median, and the southbound lanes, and finally came to rest against a tree. Purdy died from the gunshot wounds. His son, David Purdy Jr., was unhurt. Sheriff Garrison said both father and son had been drinking alcohol. Officer Round suffered deep contusions to his thigh when his patrol car hit him, according to Sheriff Garrison. He was treated and released from Kennestone Hospital. The sheriff said it initially appears that Officer Round acted by the book. "The standard we are looking for is, is he in fear of his life and at this point it appears obvious that he was in fear of his life, and returned fire," Garrison said. Officer Round has been put on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Sheriff Garrison said David Purdy Sr. has an extensive arrest record in Cherokee County. His son, David Purdy Jr., will not be charged
EXCESSIVE FORCE OR SPEEDER’S TOUGH LUCK?
The Georgia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in a high-speed police chase that left a 19-year-old driver paralyzed. In March 2001, a police cruiser rammed a black Cadillac from behind as the vehicles raced along a wet, two-land road in Coweta County south of Atlanta at about 90 miles an hour. The driver - Victor Harris - lost control and ended up at the bottom of an embankment. Harris was being chased by police because he had been speeding. He later said he was too frightened to stop. Coweta County sheriff's Deputy Timothy Scott said he wanted to end the chase before other drivers or pedestrians were hurt. Harris sued Scott for violating his civil rights. The deputy wants the justices to conclude that his actions, captured on the dashboard camera of his car, were reasonable and dismiss the lawsuit. The case puts the court in the middle of a national debate over high-speed chases. A group of Georgia police chiefs says in court papers that more 350 people died each year on average from 1994 to 2004 because of police chases. It also is the first in more than 20 years in which the court will consider constitutional limits on police use of deadly force to stop fleeing suspects. Courts define deadly force as creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury. ---- A case involving a high-speed chase in Coweta and Fayette counties that left a suspect paralyzed is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for 25-year-old Victor Harris are asking for the right to sue a former Coweta County police officer and the Coweta County Sheriff's Department. It was late at night on March 29, 2001. A Coweta County police officer attempted to stop then-19-year-old Victor Harris for speeding. Harris took off in his Cadillac. After more than five minutes at a high rate of speed, one of the officers involved in the chase attempted to stop Harris by ramming his vehicle on Highway 74. Harris lost control and crashed. "My client is 25, he's a paraplegic from the neck down, he gets up and goes to work every morning just like the rest of us, he uses a computer with his neck; he operates it using his mouth," said attorney Craig Jones. Two federal courts ruled Harris could sue Officer Timothy Scott and Coweta County because the officer's use of force was not reasonable. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on both sides on Monday. Jones said its ruling could have far ranging impact. "If the court says yes you can use deadly force against anyone who drives unsafely, there will be nothing to stop police from shooting anyone who's violating traffic laws, and that would be a very scary country to live in," Jones said. Jones said Harris sped away from police because he panicked, not because he had committed a crime. He said Harris' medical care will cost an estimated $6 million throughout his lifetime. The attorney for the police officer involved in the chase was not available for comment on Thursday, but hopes to have a comment on Friday.
EXCESSIVE FORCE OR SPEEDER’S TOUGH LUCK?
The Georgia Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Monday in a high-speed police chase that left a 19-year-old driver paralyzed. In March 2001, a police cruiser rammed a black Cadillac from behind as the vehicles raced along a wet, two-land road in Coweta County south of Atlanta at about 90 miles an hour. The driver - Victor Harris - lost control and ended up at the bottom of an embankment. Harris was being chased by police because he had been speeding. He later said he was too frightened to stop. Coweta County sheriff's Deputy Timothy Scott said he wanted to end the chase before other drivers or pedestrians were hurt. Harris sued Scott for violating his civil rights. The deputy wants the justices to conclude that his actions, captured on the dashboard camera of his car, were reasonable and dismiss the lawsuit. The case puts the court in the middle of a national debate over high-speed chases. A group of Georgia police chiefs says in court papers that more 350 people died each year on average from 1994 to 2004 because of police chases. It also is the first in more than 20 years in which the court will consider constitutional limits on police use of deadly force to stop fleeing suspects. Courts define deadly force as creating a substantial risk of death or serious injury. ---- A case involving a high-speed chase in Coweta and Fayette counties that left a suspect paralyzed is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Lawyers for 25-year-old Victor Harris are asking for the right to sue a former Coweta County police officer and the Coweta County Sheriff's Department. It was late at night on March 29, 2001. A Coweta County police officer attempted to stop then-19-year-old Victor Harris for speeding. Harris took off in his Cadillac. After more than five minutes at a high rate of speed, one of the officers involved in the chase attempted to stop Harris by ramming his vehicle on Highway 74. Harris lost control and crashed. "My client is 25, he's a paraplegic from the neck down, he gets up and goes to work every morning just like the rest of us, he uses a computer with his neck; he operates it using his mouth," said attorney Craig Jones. Two federal courts ruled Harris could sue Officer Timothy Scott and Coweta County because the officer's use of force was not reasonable. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on both sides on Monday. Jones said its ruling could have far ranging impact. "If the court says yes you can use deadly force against anyone who drives unsafely, there will be nothing to stop police from shooting anyone who's violating traffic laws, and that would be a very scary country to live in," Jones said. Jones said Harris sped away from police because he panicked, not because he had committed a crime. He said Harris' medical care will cost an estimated $6 million throughout his lifetime. The attorney for the police officer involved in the chase was not available for comment on Thursday, but hopes to have a comment on Friday.