The Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund protects those who protect the rest of us. They provide legal defense for officers who are accused of illegal acts in the line of duty.
"Former Atlanta Police Department Officer Raymond S. Bunn was indicted on December 9, 2005 by a Fulton County County grand jury supervised by District Attorney Paul L. Howard. Officer Bunn was charged with Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Violation of Oath."
Officer Bunn was on patrol and confronted several suspects whom he believed were committing auto burglaries. One suspect driving a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV tried to run over Officer Bunn. Officer Bunn fired one round and killed the suspect. Officer Bunn was struck in the knee by the SUV.
If you are on foot and a suspect tries to run you down what are your options? The first option, naturally, is lateral movement to avoid the vehicle. This is the first and best option when faced with a moving vehicle. If this is not practical due to obstacles in your way or the proximity and speed of the moving vehicle, what other choices do you have? You may be able to move forward or backward and jump onto or behind a barrier, such as a K rail or the hood or trunk lid of another vehicle.
If you are unable to move to a position where the suspect vehicle cannot strike you, is it reasonable to attempt to shoot either the vehicle or the suspect to avoid being run over? It is unlikely that simply shooting the tires, radiator, or other parts of the vehicle would save you. Tires are very difficult to puncture with handgun rounds and the other parts are not likely to disable the vehicle rapidly enough to save you from being run down.
The only other reasonable option is to shoot the driver of the vehicle. Just as a person coming at you with a glass bottle, knife, or wooded club can strike you with deadly force, so can the driver of a motor vehicle strike you with deadly force. The only substantive difference is the vehicle is more limited on where it can go to follow you, it can be much faster than someone on foot, and it is so powerful that one blow could reasonably expect to be fatal or inflict great bodily injury.
Check out the LELDF website, read the story about Officer Bunn. Then consider what you would have done in a similar situation; that's what the SGT Says.