Tuesday, October 28, 2014



In the city of Stockton, CA bank robbers took hostages and fled.  The police gave chase and the suspects shot at them.  Eventually, 14 police cars were hit by gunfire, along with several civilian buildings and cars.

The police eventually returned fire on the moving suspect vehicle.  Usually police don't shoot at fleeing vehicles.  The usual procedure is to simply follow the suspect vehicle until it runs out of gas, the suspect stops and gives up or runs, or he crashes. 

Sometimes the threat to public safety is so great that a suspect vehicle needs to be stopped right away.  Their driving is dangerous, they are shooting at people, or other dangerous behavior may require a quick end to a pursuit.  Officers can set up spike strips, set up a roadblock, use a Pitt Maneuver, or sometimes shoot at the suspects and their vehicle.  It's an extreme action, but sometimes necessary; that's what the SGT Says.

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