Friday, July 29, 2011

Officers Hit by Suspect Vehicle

Two officers investigating a drive by shooting were run over by the suspects when the suspects tried to escape. While most of the time we are warned to watch the suspects hands because they can contain a weapon, we have to remember that the car is an excellent weapon as well. A car can go very fast, even in short distances and we cannot stop a car easily.

The most important thing is to stay out of the way of a car. Being in front of or behind a car can be very dangerous. If you have to be near a car, be to the side of it, even a brief moment to the front or rear of a suspect vehicle can be fatal. If you make a traffic stop and want to approach from the passenger side, retreat to the rear of your patrol car and walk behind your own vehicle and then approach the suspect from the passenger side, don’t walk between the vehicles. The suspect can slam his car into reverse, run you down, trapped between both cars and then speed away.

These officers were chasing the suspect vehicle on foot, under most circumstances this is bound to fail, since cars are so much faster than men on foot. They probably would have been better served to return to their vehicles and chase the suspect from a car. While I understand the temptation to chase a car for a short distance, especially in heavy traffic or other circumstances where the car would have trouble getting away, it’s not a good idea. Don’t let the thrill of the hunt get the better of you and cause you to get hurt, that’s what the SGT Says.

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