Near Miss Accident 2003
Two Utah State Troopers are lucky to be alive tonight after almost being crushed by careening vehicles during a snowy accident. The troopers were assisting weather related accident victims ont he side of the road when they spotted another accident in action. the troopers immediately began running for their lives as a van hit a truck and both vehicles started spinning out of control toward the officers. the surveillance tape from two different angles tells the story of how close thoe police officers were to being crushed by the crashing vehicles.
Near miss car accident
/ police dashcam video, officers assisting a rolled over car victim on the side of the road when suddenly another vehicle roll head over heels towards them as they run out of the way and narrowly avoid being hit. Near miss car accident on December 13, 2003 in Utah (Footage by Getty Images)
Near Miss Accident 2003
two Utah State Troopers are lucky to be alive tonight after almost being crushed by careening vehicles during a snowy accident. The troopers were assisting weather related accident victims ont he side of the road when they spotted another accident in action. the troopers immediately began running for their lives as a van hit a truck and both vehicles started spinning out of control toward the officers. the surveillance tape from two different angles tells the story of how close thoe police officers were to being crushed by the crashing vehicles.
AMBULANCE GETS SIDE SWIPED 2003
EXCELLENT SURVEILLANCE! AMAZING VIDEO HERE! SEE VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR DETAILS.
CAR PLOWS INTO TROOPERS CAR (2003)
A DAYTON, OHIO TROOPER WAS STRUCK BY ANOTHER CAR DURING A TRAFFIC STOP. WHILE MAKING AN ARREST FOR OVI, ANOTHER VEHICLE STRUCK THE LEFT REAR OF THE PATROLMAN'S CRUISER, FORCING IT INTO THE PATROL CAR, THE TROOPER AND THE SUSPECT.
STATE OF MONTANA VS GEORGE HAROLD DAVIS / POLICE SHOOT OUT AND CHASE CAUGHT ON TAPE 2003
an amazing shootout and chase caught on tape from the ravalli county police department in montana. opening scene shows a high speed chase where police eventually ram the suspects ford taurus causing it to spin out. suspect them jumps out of car with gun blazing firing directly at camera and at police. one officer is wounded in shootout as is suspect, but suspect manages to avoid the majority of the police officer's shotgun blasts and takes off in his car again. we then see the new chase is on and cut to another office preparing to lay stop sticks to blow the suspect's tires out as he approaches. sure enough, the suspect comes screaming by and hits the stop sticks, blowing out his tire. scene then switches to the pursuing vehicle and we see suspect's car skidding out and around as driver door faces oncoming police car. door opens and man begins firing straight at the officers!!! in slow motion you can almost see the bullets coming toward the car!! police car doesn't even slow down and rams the suspect's car full force CRACKING THE WINDSHIELD OF POLICE CAR. SCENE THEN CUTS TO A WIDER VIEW OF THE ACCIDENT SCENE. ONCE OFFICER IS HURT AND IS DRAGGED BY OTHER OFFICERS TO THE BACK OF THE CRASHED POLICE CAR. FINALLY, SUSPECT IS REMOVED AND APPREHENDED FROM HIS CAR. THIS IS AMAZINGLY COMPLETE CHASE, START TO FINISH WITH SHOOTOUTS AND CRASHES!! EDITED NICELY TOGETHER WITH THUMBNAIL SYNCHRONIZED MULTIPLE FRAMES. THIS REALLY TELLS THE WHOLE STORY!
STOP IN THE NAME OF THE LAW - 2003
CHIEF GONZALEZ STOPS SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE. WHEN HE GETS OUT OF HIS CAR, SUSPECT TAKES OFF AND CHASE IS ON. AFTER A BRIEF PURSUIT, SUSPECT’S CAR SPINS OUT OF CONTROL AND CRASHES OFF TO SIDE OF ROAD. THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN. SUSPECT IS CAUGHT AND ARRESTED. SUSPECT WAS CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO STOP AND STOLEN VEHICLE.
COP WRECKS CAR DURING CHASE (2003)
A COP HITS A PLASTIC CONSTRUCTION BARREL DURING A CHASE AND LOSES CONTROL AND ENDS UP IN A DITCH ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.
LANE CHANGE CRASH 2003
A MICHIGAN DRIVER MAKES A SIMPLE DRIVING ERROR THAT FORCES A NASTY CRASH AND ROLLOVER.
CAR SANDWICH CAUGHT ON TAPE 2003
EXCELLENT SURVEILLANCE! AMAZING VIDEO HERE! SEE VIDEO DESCRIPTION FOR DETAILS.
FIRE TRUCK SLAMS HER LUXURY CAR 2006
No charges will be filed against the driver of a Durham fire engine that crashed into a car Friday while heading to a fire, police spokesman Cpl. David Addison said Wednesday. A video of the wreck, released Wednesday by the Police Department, shows the engine seeming to lose control on a rain-slick Old Chapel Hill Road, slamming into a 2003 Mercedes on the opposite shoulder, then sliding back across the road before coming to a halt. Addison also said he expects police investigators will finish and release the full accident report sometime today. The video came from a camera mounted behind the windshield of a police squad car, following the ladder truck. Addison said it shows that engine driver Decarlo Davis was "100 percent at fault" for the collision. But the officer who investigated the wreck decided not to cite firefighter Davis, Addison said. All officers who handle wrecks can make that decision, he said. In this case, the decision in part stems from Davis' lack of negligence, Addison said. "If he hydroplaned on a slick road, there were other elements that played into the crash, and in no way was the driver negligent," he said. Addison added that the driver of the Mercedes, 22-year-old Robin Nicole Bradley of Marion, suffered only minor injuries and was released from UNC Hospital on the same day as the wreck. Addison said the decision not to charge Davis had nothing to do with his status as a city employee. "There's plenty of Durham citizens that can testify to the fact that they got into an accident and didn't receive a written citation. If it was a criminal matter, it would be another story," Addison said. The video shows the fire engine heading west on Old Chapel Hill Road through the intersection of Watkins and Farrington roads. The rear appears to fishtail, first sliding right then left into the path of the Mercedes, which had slowed near the shoulder of the eastbound lane of Old Chapel Hill Road, apparently to let the engine pass. The driver's side of Bradley's vehicle was crushed by the impact, which pushed the Mercedes 25 feet into the nearby woods, police said.
HEAD ON UTAH CRASH 2003 (TWO ANGLES)
COPS ARE IN HOT PURSUIT OF A WANTED FELON. LUCKILY TRAFFIC CLEARS UP JUST LONG ENOUGH FOR THE POLICE TO USE A PATENTED PIT MANEUVER AND END THE DANGEROUS CHASE IN BROAD DAYLIGHT!
SUSPECT SHOT IN HEAD CHASE (2003)
A KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI OFFICER ATTEMPTED TO PULL OVER A SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE IN REGARD TO INFORMATION THAT THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE HAD FIRED A GUN. THE SUSPECT WAS PULLED OVER, THEN PULLED AWAY FROM THE OFFICER BEFORE HE COULD MAKE CONTACT WITH THE SUSPECT. THE SUSPECT'S CAR THEN WENT AND HIT A LIGHT POLE. THE SUSPECT THEN OPENED HIS DOOR, POINTED A GUN AT THE OFFICER AND FIRED THE GUN. THE OFFICER RETURNED FIRE, STRIKING THE SUSPECT IN THE HEAD. THE SUSPECT WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD BY MAST. THIS VIDEO HAS TEARS AND THE AUDIO IS GARBLED.
HUMAN SMUGGLER BUSTED 2003
A RESPECTED SCHOOL DISTRICT WORKER IS IN JAIL AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ WORKED AS A CUSTODIAN AND A CROSSING GUARD FOR THE LA JOYA SCHOOL DISTRICTFOR 24 YEARS BEFORE HE DECIDED TO TRY HIS HAND AT HUMAN SMUGGLING. COPS TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER FOR A ROUTINE TRAFFIC INFRACTION. RODRIGUEZ HAD AN EXPIRED REGISTRATION ON HIS FORD EXPLORER. INSTEAD OF PULLING OVER HE TOOK OFF AND A DANGEROUS CHASE THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL AREA TRANSPIRED. WHEN HE COULDN’T SHAKE THE COPS, HE STOPS IN A NEIGHBORHOOD AT ONE POINT TO LET A BUNCH OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS SUV. COPS SAY HE DID THIS SO THE ALIENS COULD SCATTER AND BLEND INTO THE HOMES IN THE AREA SO THEY WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT. RODRIGUEZ EVENTUALLY LOST CONTROL OF THE SUV AND CRASHES UNDERNEATH AN OVERPASS. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FROM HIS JOB AT THE DISTRICT.
CHASING A HUMAN SMUGGLER 2003
A RESPECTED SCHOOL DISTRICT WORKER IS IN JAIL AFTER LEADING POLICE ON A HIGH SPEED CHASE. JAVIER RODRIGUEZ WORKED AS A CUSTODIAN AND A CROSSING GUARD FOR THE LA JOYA SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 24 YEARS BEFORE HE DECIDED TO TRY HIS HAND AT HUMAN SMUGGLING. COPS TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER FOR A ROUTINE TRAFFIC INFRACTION. RODRIGUEZ HAD AN EXPIRED REGISTRATION ON HIS FORD EXPLORER. INSTEAD OF PULLING OVER HE TOOK OFF AND A DANGEROUS CHASE THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL AREA TRANSPIRED. WHEN HE COULDN’T SHAKE THE COPS, HE STOPS IN A NEIGHBORHOOD AT ONE POINT TO LET A BUNCH OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS OUT OF HIS SUV. COPS SAY HE DID THIS SO THE ALIENS COULD SCATTER AND BLEND INTO THE HOMES IN THE AREA SO THEY WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT. RODRIGUEZ EVENTUALLY LOST CONTROL OF THE SUV AND CRASHES UNDERNEATH AN OVERPASS. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FROM HIS JOB AT THE DISTRICT.
CARJACK SUSPECT GETS RUN OVER AND TAZED! 2003
HIGH SPEED CHASE IN FLORIDA INVOLVING A BLACK PICKUP TRUCK. TRUCK EVENTUALLY CRASHES INTO A TREE. WHEN SUSPECT TAKES OFF ON FOOT OFFICERS ARE IN HOT PURSUIT AND END UP TAZERING HIM AFTER HE SPITS IN THE COP'S FACE. MAN WAS BOOKED FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY AND HE HAD DRUG CHARGES PENDING FROM A PREVIOUS ARREST. SUSPECT IS ROBERT J. MISURACA.
CAR CHASE ENDS IN CANAL 2003
SHERIFFS IN BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA WERE TAKEN FOR A WILD RIDE...CHASING A SUSPECT BY AIR AND LAND. THE CHASE LASTED LESS THAN 10 MINUTES AND WENT THROUGH SEVERAL RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS. THE SUSPECT ALMOST HITS A SCHOOL BUS AND ANOTHER TRUCK! HE SPEEDS UP AND GOES THROUGH SEVERAL YARDS, WINDS HIS WAY THROUGH TRAFFIC, OVER A MEDIAN AND INTO ANOTHER YARD! FINALLY, HE DUMPS HIS VEHICLE INTO A CANAL AND TAKES OFF ON FOOT. POLICE ARRESTED 27-YEAR OLD GEORGE OSTEEN JR. HE HAD A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND HAD BEEN DRINKING...THAT'S WHY HE TOOK OFF IN THE FIRST PLACE FROM A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP.
OFFICER RUN OVER BY SUSPECT (3 ANGLES) 2003
ON DECEMBER 28TH, 2003, A PURSUIT WAS CAPTURED ON VIDEO INVOLVING A STOLEN VEHICLE. IN THE VIDEO, FROM THE "CRUISER CAM," WE SAW THE SUSPECT RAM INTO THE OFFICERS CRUISER, STRIKE ANOTHER OFFICER, AND RUN OVER ANOTHER POLICE OFFICER. THE SUSPECT WAS THEN APPREHENDED BEFORE HE COULD HURT ANYONE ELSE.
HIGHWAY TROOPER STRUCK (2003)
OHIO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL INCIDENT FROM 9-07-2003 WHERE OFFICER AND HIS HANDCUFFED SUSPECT ARE HIT ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD BY AN ONCOMING VEHICLE. OFFICER AND HANDCUFFED MAN ARE BADLY INJURED. CAUGHT ON TAPE, CAUGHT ON CAMERA DASHCAM AMAZING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO!
COP SHOT POINT BLANK (2006)
At about 9 p.m. March 22, 2006 Texas Dept of Public Safety Trooper Steven Stone was patrolling Texas Highway 31 East when he attempted to pull over a pickup for speeding. He told dispatch that the vehicle "didn't want to stop," but the video showed it eventually pulled over to the side of the road. Stone asked the driver, illegal immigrant Ramon Armando Ramos, 38, who was wearing a long black jacket, to exit the truck and to stand behind it. As Texas Dept of Public Safety Trooper Steven Stone approached the blue pickup truck he stopped for speeding, he placed his thumbprint on the back brake light - as he always does - just in case. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers do it in case something happens to them so that their print is on the suspect's vehicle. When asked if he had any weapons, Ramos said he had a knife. Ramos also told Stone that the passenger, Francisco Saucedo, was a friend of his. Ramos handed him identification. When Ramos said he was on painkillers, Stone began looking inside Ramos' jacket. He asked what was in his pocket and as Ramos reached for it, a bag fell to the ground. He told Stone it was "weed" and the trooper laid it on top of his car and said, "I got a bag full of drugs here." Stone told him to take off his jacket and he laid it on the truck. Stone told Ramos he was under arrest, and as the trooper grabbed his hands to handcuff him, the passenger door flew open. Stone yelled at the passenger to get back in the vehicle, but at that time, Ramos pulled a handgun and shot Stone, who was only a few feet away. The passenger, Saucedo, also shot at Stone. THE SHOOTING Stone testified earlier that when he began to place handcuffs on Ramos, whom he had pulled over for speeding on Texas Highway 31 East and found in possession of drugs, Stone noticed a magazine in his pocket and saw the passenger door swing open by Saucedo. "At that moment," he said, "I knew things were going to get bad." He said that after he was shot the first time, his vision went black. He could still hear gunfire and didn't realize he had fallen. When he regained his eyesight, Ramos and Saucedo were firing at him in the ditch, he said. "To me, every round they were firing was hitting me and (I thought) that I was going to die," he said. Ramos and Saucedo fired at him until their guns were empty, then got in the truck and sped away. Stone said he didn't have a radio on his body because they had poor transmission, so he went to his car and used that radio to call for help. Stone said one bullet entered his chest and came out at his collarbone. Another bullet hit his bulletproof vest and pierced his skin, while another entered his shoulder blade and exited at the top of his shoulder, fracturing his scapula and shattering his collarbone. He was also hit in the neck. Less than two minutes after the shooting, Smith County sheriff's deputies arrived. Some took Stone to the hospital, while others headed out to look for the suspects. Tyler police officers have testified about the high-speed pursuit through Tyler when Saucedo and Ramos shot at the officers until the suspects crashed their pickup into a vehicle on Texas Highway 64 East. Inside the pickup, authorities found three handguns, an assault rifle, a silencer, four magazines and several types of ammunition, as well as cartridges and spent shell casings. Both suspects were wearing body armor. Stone's breathing and speech were labored as he told a dispatcher his location. "My shoulder is killing me," he said. Less than 2 minutes later, a Smith County sheriff's deputy arrived. Stone said he didn't know where he was hit and gave him a description of the truck and suspects. More deputies arrived and took Stone in a cruiser to the hospital, while others headed out to look for the suspects. Ramon Armando Ramos, 38, pleaded guilty to shooting Stone during the traffic stop. He also pleaded guilty to 13 additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant for shooting at Tyler police officers pursuing him after he shot the trooper. Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent, of the 114th District Court, sentenced him to life in prison on each of the 14 charges. She ordered that two of the sentences be stacked and the others run concurrently, which means Ramos will become eligible for parole after serving 60 years in prison. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims. Francisco Saucedo was also sentenced to 14 life prison sentences Saucedo, through a Spanish-speaking interpreter, pleaded guilty to 14 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant, first-degree felonies. Judge Cynthia Stevens Kent, of the 114th District Court, sentenced him to life in prison and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and restitution on each charge. She ordered that two of the life sentences be served consecutively while the others run at the same time so Saucedo will be eligible for parole after serving 60 years in prison. EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY Stone choked up as the video played and he looked at his wife, who was crying. The trooper said he wanted the community to know what law enforcement does and that "this stuff is going on." He said the officers who helped him were the real heroes. Stone said he placed his thumbprint on the brake light of Ramos' pickup for instances "like this." His fingerprint was taken from the vehicle by law enforcement as evidence. Stone said that when he began to place handcuffs on Ramos, he noticed a magazine in his pocket. At the same time, he saw the passenger door swing open. "At that moment," he said, "I knew things were going to get bad." He said that after he was shot the first time, his vision went black. He could still hear gunfire and didn't realize he had fallen to the ground. When he regained his eyesight, Ramos and Saucedo were still firing down at him in the ditch, he said. "To me, every round they were firing was hitting me and (I thought) that I was going to die," he said. Stone said he didn't have a radio on his body because they had poor transmission, so he went back to his car and used that radio for help. He said he didn't realize he had been shot in the neck until he made it to his car. Stone said one bullet entered his chest and came out at his collarbone. Red marks on his neck showed where it had traveled. Another bullet hit his bulletproof vest and pierced his skin, while another entered his shoulder blade and exited at the top of his shoulder, fracturing his scapula and shattering his collarbone. He said doctors could not be sure how many times he was hit. Stone said he had gone through one surgery in July and was initially stapled and stitched up. He said that he will have to go through physical therapy, and it is unclear if he'll have more surgeries or how well his shoulder will recover. On the night of the shooting, Stone said he told the doctors that he wanted to live so he could "see my little girl again." Stone served as a military policeman in the Army before becoming a trooper in 2003 and has a wife and 2-year-old daughter. THE PURSUIT Tyler police Sgt. Tom Deal testified he was involved in the pursuit of Ramos and Saucedo through Tyler. A video in his police car showed rapid gunfire coming from the passenger side of the truck toward the police officers. The pursuit continued until the pickup crashed into a red car parked on the side of the road on Texas 64 East. Deal said that in his 25 years at the police department, he had never encountered something like that, which endangered so many lives. Tyler police Officer Michael Kieny testified that he heard a call that a witness had called in, reporting a possible sighting of the suspect's truck. Kieny and his passenger, Officer Jason Shields, went to the location and spotted it. He tried to stop the pickup to make sure it was the right one, but it did not pull over. He began to pursue it and noticed the passenger hanging out the window with an assault-type rifle. He pulled back from the truck because he was only equipped with his pistol, he said. As he continued the pursuit, the truck nearly stopped, and someone inside began firing at Kieny. Kieny decided to stay back and wait for help, but kept following the truck. He said bullets came through his windshield and shards of glass hit Shields in the face. Their car was hit at least three times, and a bullet fragment entered Kieny's headrest, he said. The video from his car showed his pursuit until it went blank when the cable to the camera was shot. Kieny said, they kept "hitting their brakes to try to reel us in so they could take us out." Kieny said the community needs to know what officers go through and said "everyone that puts a badge on in this town deserves a hand." Tyler police Officer John Carnes said he also participated in the chase and was fired at. He said his car was hit twice during the "gunfight." Carnes said he took the lead in the pursuit because he had equipped himself with an assault rifle. Tyler police Officer Charles Turner said he was shot at by the driver's handgun in the pursuit; his car was hit twice and his tire was blown out. Smith County sheriff's Detective Noel Martin said he found four weapons in Ramos' truck, including three handguns, an assault rifle, a silencer, four magazines and several types of ammunition, as well as cartridges and spent shell casings. Both suspects were wearing body armor. BROTHER ARRESTED Ramos' younger brother, Mario, a commercial pilot and a U.S. citizen, was ordered by Judge Kent to be arrested after she said she believed he committed aggravated perjury. He testified that he had talked to Ramos' wife about a month ago but didn't know where she was. He said he has been to Ramos' house since his arrest and kept changing his answer when asked repeatedly if he removed anything from the house. He finally said he had taken a hunting rifle from Ramos' house and had left it with his wife in Tulsa, but then he said it was at his house in Atlanta. When asked why he wasn't truthful when first asked the questions, he said he wanted to invoke his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Attorney Don Davidson was appointed to speak with the witness and advise him of his rights. When the witness took the stand again and was asked why he lied, he invoked his right again. Mario Ramos was then taken into custody. County Court-at-Law Judge Randall Rogers set his bond at $180,000, and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were brought in to investigate. During the all-day hearing, Ramon Ramos' defense attorney, Leslie McLean, did not ask any questions of the witnesses and waived her closing argument. Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said during closing arguments that Stone's video alone warranted a life sentence. He said that officers put their lives on the line every day, and that the video showed Ramos made many moves from the time he got out of the truck that were consistent with a plan to shoot Stone. He said they were determined to kill the trooper and thought he was dead when they left. Bingham said he hoped the community saw the bravery of the officers - pistols to assault rifles - and the total disregard for the officers and citizens shown by the defendants. Bingham said Ramos admitted to using powder and crack cocaine and to being high on amphetamines and methamphetamines at the time of the shooting. Ramos also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison for aggravated assault on a public servant against Tyler police officers Michael Kieny, Mark Lee, Matthew Smyser, Blake Lockhart, Rex Pitts, John Carnes, Donald "Mike" Saxion, Charles Turner, Michelle Brock, Damon Swan, Sgt. Tom Deal, Jason Shields and Weston Cook. During victim impact statements, Stone said Ramos' actions only strengthened Stone's convictions of who he is and what he does, as well as made heroes out of a citizen and the officers. He said he didn't know what Ramos' intentions were and he prayed that God would forgive him. Stone, who wore his arm in a sling, said he was unsure when he would be able to return to work as a trooper.
COP SHOOTS AT SUSPECT 50 TIMES (2006)
A DETROIT AREA MAN WHO WAS KILLED IN A SHOOT-OUT WITH POLICE WAS HEAVILY ARMED AND WEARING A BULLETPROOF VEST WHEN HE OPENED FIRE ON THE OFFICERS. THE SUSPECT, 29-YEAR-OLD DONTI JAMAL HENRY WAS IDENTIFIED THROUGH FINGERPRINT RECORDS. THE COUNTY CORONER SAID TWO BULLETS HIT HENRY, ONE IN THE JAW AND THE OTHER FATAL SHOT IN THE NECK. AUTHORITIES SAID HENRY USED BOGUS DOCUMENTS TO TRY TO OBTAIN AN OHIO DRIVER'S LICENSE AT A STATE LICENSE BUREAU IN BOWLING GREEN, THEN FLED POLICE WHO RESPONDED AND LED LED STATE TROOPERS AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ON A 40 MILE CHASE ON SOUTHBOUND I-75. WHEN STATE TROOPERS CORNERED HENRY, HE JUMPED OUT OF A MINIVAN WITH A GUN IN EACH HAND AND OPENED FIRE ON THE OFFICERS. THREE TROOPERS AND A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY RETURNED FIRE DURING A SHOOTOUT THAT LASTED 34 SECONDS. HENRY SHOT AND WOUNDED TWO OHIO HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS AND A CANADIAN WOMAN SUFFERED A SUPERFICIAL GUNSHOT WOUND AFTER THE GUNMAN JUMPED INTO HER SUV AS HER HUSBAND WAS FILLING IT WITH GASOLINE. A COUNTY SHERIFF SAID IT WAS VERY LIKELY THAT ONE OF THE DEPUTIES, GREG PANNING, FIRED THE SHOT THAT KILLED HENRY. THE SHERIFF SAID DEPUTY PANNING WAS AT THE EDGE OF THE ROAD ABOUT 80 FEET AWAY, WITH A CLEAR SHOT AT HENRY, WHO WAS INSIDE THE DRIVER'S SIDE OF THE COUPLE'S SUV. "I LOOK AT MY DEPUTY AS A HERO BECAUSE HE MOST LIKELY SAVED THOSE TWO TROOPERS' LIVES" SAID THE COUNTY SHERIFF. AUTHORTIES ESTIMATED THAT OFFICERS FIRED 50 SHOTS AT HENRY. THE DRIVER'S SIDE DOOR OF THE COUPLE'S SUV WAS RIDDLED WITH BULLETS. THE COUPLE FROM LONDON, ONTARIO HAVE SINCE RESUMED A TRIP TO FLORIDA IN A REPLACEMENT CAR PROVIDED BY HANCOCK COUNTY. IT WAS UNCLEAR WHETHER THE TROOPERS KNEW AT FIRST THAT THE WOMAN WAS IN THE VEHICLE WITH THE GUNMAN, BUT THAT A TROOPER YELLED TO OTHER OFFICERS AFTER SEEING HER. IT WAS A MIRACLE SHE DIDN'T GET SHOT OR KILLED. ANOTHER TROOPER FROM FINDLAY POST WAS SHOT IN THE RIGHT FOREARM AND UNDERWENT SURGERY. ANOTHER TROOPER, OF THE WALBRIDGE POST WAS SHOT IN THE RIGHT HAND AND TREATED FOR A SUPERFICIAL WOUND. a FEW OTHER TROOPERS HAD OTHER INJURIES. INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY HENRY FLED FROM OFFICERS AND FIRED AT THEM. BESIDES A .223 RIFLE AND A FOREIGN HANDGUN, THE GUNMAN HAD A THIRD WEAPON, ANOTHER HANDGUN IN THE VEHICLE AND WAS CARRING AMMUNITION. AT THE BOWLING GREEN LICENSE BUREAU, HENRY PRESENTED A GERORIA BIRTH CERTIFICATE THAT EMPLOYEES BELIEVED WAS FAKE. WHEN HENRY BECAME AGGITATED, THE EMPLOYEES CALLED CITY POLICE. DURING A SCUFFED, HENRY PULLED A GUN OUT OF HIS WAISTBAND AND FIRED A SHOT IN THE AIR. HE FLED THE OFFICE IN A MINIVAN WITH A MICHIGAN PLATE, DROPPED OFF A WOMAN NEAR THE INTERSTATE ENTRANCE , THEN DROVE ON THE EXPRESSWAY AT SPEEDS OVER 100 MPH. A SHORT TIME LATER, POLICE ARRESTED THE WOMAN, BARBARA JEAN CLARK, 27, OF SOUTHFIELD MICHIGAN, WHO WAS WALKING ALONG I-75. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT THEFT, A THIRD DEGREE FELONY AND REMAINED IN JAIL OVERNIGHT. INVESTIGATORS DISCOVERED THAT THE WOMEN, MS. CLARK WHO IS SOMEWHAT COOPERATIVE IS PREGNANT. HE SAID IT IS UNKNOWN WHETHER HENRY IS THE FATHER. MS. CLARK WAS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT THEFT, BECAUSE HENRY USED FAKE DOCUMENTS TO TRY TO GET THE IDENTIFICATION CARD. DURING THE ENSUING CHASE, HENRY RAN OVER THREE SETS OF STOP STICKS PLACED ON THE HIGHWAY. THE FINAL SET, PUNCTURED AT LEAST ONE OF THE VEHICLES TIRES, FORCING HIM TO EXIT I-75. AUTHORITIES SAID HENRY HAD A LONG RECORD OF DRUG AND TRAFFIC RELATED OFFENSES. HE WAS IMPRISONED FROM DECEMBER 2003 TO JANUARY 2004 FOR A DRUG DELIVERY OFFENSE IN WAYNE COUNTY, MICHIGAN AND WAS WAS AWAITING SENTENCING ON A CONVICTION FOR A SIMILAR OFFENSE.
END OF THE ROAD COP CRASH (11/30/2002)
Cop while answering call drives his cruiser off an overpass that was under construction.... December 3, 2002 Tuesday Officials map out plan to prevent cars from driving off the edge of overpass BODY: Broken glass and a faint set of tire tracks are the only telltale signs that a Peoria police officer drove off the Forrest Hill Avenue overpass Saturday. Police and Illinois Department of Transportation officials met Tuesday to discuss what they could do to prevent another accident like that one from happening. "Our main concern is that the barricades remain up," said IDOT spokesman Mike Monseur. "They were there when we left ... apparently someone said they noticed some of the barricades down Saturday, but no one reported it. This is vandalism, and a very dangerous thing." Barricades that were supposed to block the gaping hole where the Forrest Hill Avenue bridge over Interstate 74 used to be were apparently off to the side of the road when Officer Shannon Parnell drove off the embankment and dropped down into a ditch along the highway shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday. Police Lt. Steve Peterson said their investigation, which included viewing the recording from the video camera in Parnell's squad car, showed a direct path through the construction zone and to the end of the roadway. "He went straight through," Peterson said. Since the accident, orange plastic fencing, additional barricades and a mound of sand have been placed on the road to prevent another accident. Officials also plan to add barrels of sand, more rigid barricades and a large electronic message board to both sides of the interstate overpass by the end of the week, Monseur said. Further, police and IDOT workers will inspect the site regularly, including nights, weekends and holidays. Anyone who sees someone tampering or moving barricades is asked to call police or IDOT. Parnell, who has been on the force for approximately a year and a half, was traveling east on Forrest Hill Avenue with his sirens on and lights flashing in order to back up another officer who had requested an additional officer for a traffic stop. Parnell was supposed to be released from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Tuesday, with his jaw wired shut for maybe up to six weeks, Peterson said. Police have ruled out that he was impaired in any way during the accident. The Forrest Hill Avenue bridge over I-74, between Dries Lane and Easton Place, has been removed and the area closed since mid-October. It will remain closed until at least June 2003 to allow for preparatory work related to a pending interstate overhaul. Through traffic is detoured to War Memorial Drive or Gale Avenue.