FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

L.A. Officer Run Over By Suspected Drug Dealer

November 21, 2007  | 

In an attempt to escape arrest, a suspected drug dealer ran over and seriously injured an undercover LAPD officer earlier this week.

The officer suffered two broken legs, facial injuries, and head trauma when he was struck by the suspect's car. At presstime, he was in serious condition at a local hospital.

The suspect, Gubiensio Ortiz Jr., 23, turned himself in to the nearby Whittier Police Department, ending an intense manhunt. Police say that Ortiz tried to intentionally run over the officer, and they plan to book him on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer.

Three officers were involved in the incident in the city's Boyle Heights neighborhood. The officers had been watching Ortiz when they saw him make an alleged drug sale and then pull his car into a driveway.

As officers closed in and identified themselves as LAPD, Ortiz reportedly backed out of the driveway, narrowly missing one of the officers.

The officers radioed the injured officer who was stationed down the street and told him that the suspect was fleeing in his direction.

The injured officer reportedly identified himself as LAPD and ordered the suspect to stop. Authorities say that Ortiz ignored the order and struck the officer with the car.

The officer fired on the car, but it is not clear if he fired before or after he was hit.

Tim Sands, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, told the Los Angeles Times that the incident was only the latest example of a suspect using a vehicle as a weapon against LAPD officers.

"The attempted murder today of an LAPD officer…is a sad example of the dangers officers face every day," he said. "Attempting to stop a suspect in a motor vehicle constitutes one of the least predictable and, hence, most potentially dangerous of a police officer's routine duties."

At least 25 officers nationwide have been killed during the last four years by cars driven by crime suspects.

In 2005, the Los Angeles Police Commission established a policy that prohibits officers from shooting at moving vehicles unless another deadly threat exists such as a suspect shooting from the car or they cannot dodge the oncoming vehicle.


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Aqua Pig @ 11/25/2007 11:59 AM

[quote] In 2005, the Los Angeles Police Commission established a policy that prohibits officers from shooting at moving vehicles unless another deadly threat exists such as a suspect shooting from the car or they cannot dodge the oncoming vehicle.[\quote]

S/B FEDERAL MIN's

Attempted Murder of a Police Officer should be 25 year fixed min.

Murder of a Police Officer should be Mandatory Life w/o parole.

tcpd0210 @ 11/27/2007 11:40 AM

Better yet, Murder a cop, lose yours.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Baltimore Lt. Cleared of All Administrative Charges in Freddie Gray Case
Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted on administrative charges that he neglected...
WV Officer, 2 Others Shot at Burglary Call; One Dead
Police say when Patrolman S. Johnson entered the home, he encountered gunfire from a man...
Video: San Francisco Officer Donates Kidney to Stranger, Saving 9 People
Cuthbertson, a mother of a 13-year-old girl, donated a kidney this week to a stranger, and...
Charlotte Officers Cleared in Fatal Shooting of 911 Caller
Courtney Suggs and David Guerra have been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 6, when...
Manhunt for Baltimore Cop Killer Continues, Reward Increased to $190K
Rewards totaling nearly $190,000 are being offered by authorities for information leading...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine