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Deadly Force Used On Pregnant Woman Who Tried To Run Over S.C. Cop

October 30, 2012  | 

Screenshot via WSPA.
Screenshot via WSPA.

A Woodruff (S.C.) Police officer shot and killed a pregnant woman who attempted to run him down with a vehicle to prevent the arrest of the driver.

After the officer pulled over the vehicle, Matthew Simmons jumped out of the car. The officer chased him on foot, and Lacey Lamb attempted to run down the officer with the vehicle. The officer fired, striking and killing Lamb. Her baby also died.

Simmons was arrested and charged with his third driving under suspension offense, reports the Daily Mail.

Tags: Foot Pursuits, Deadly Force, Woodruff (S.C.) PD


Comments (12)

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Leonard Mather @ 10/30/2012 7:09 PM

We are judged by the company we keep. Parole officers are well aware of this. The female who was in the car with her male friend, driving on a suspended license FOR THE THIRD TIME is ample clue for this female regarding having good reason to dump him and find a replacement. What goes around comes around, and in her case it was a round from LEO's weapon, used properly. Beauty is temporary; stupid is forever.

Jim A @ 10/30/2012 10:09 PM

This is one of those "Good shoot - bad outcome" cases. Unfortunately, when these appear in front of an insurance carrier, they back down. They should not. Courts should see this for what it is; a case if lethal force used on a suspect actively attempting to use lethal force on an officer. If a jury awards money to this family, they should have to pay it out of their own stupid pockets! Liberals and Idiots will soon rule the world. (Wait. Don't they already do that?!)

Nichole @ 10/31/2012 4:22 AM

Love the mugshots of both parents (at least, I'm assuming he was the baby daddy... hard to say, actually).

I know there will be haters all over this soon, but the fact remains this: if you threaten an officer in any way, be prepared for the consequences. And in this case, if you try to run over an officer with a car, you're going to get shot. It's a shame for the child, but it is completely the mother's fault. I guess she figured he wouldn't shoot her because she was pregnant.

I wonder what the reactions would have been had it been the other way around, had she actually succeeded in running him over?

Bob @ VA @ 10/31/2012 4:52 AM

Stupid is as stupid does. Stupidity isn't usually free of consequences. I don't see what difference it makes that she was pregnant. Who cares? If someone is trying to kill you, their medical state is irrelevant. Certainly tragic for the baby that its mother valued its life so little.

S.S @ 10/31/2012 6:15 AM

This is all on the shoulders of the pregnant females and her male companion. The officer did his job and he got to go home that night. While that may not comfort him, because of the loss of life of the poor child who didn't have a choice. Unfortunately this is going to be with the officer for a long long time. I pray for him and his family. But so long as he realizes that he's got hundreds of thousands of brothers and sisters backing him up.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 10/31/2012 6:25 AM

For this person things went from bad to worst in a very short time....I agree with Bob@VA..stupid is....

Dan @ 10/31/2012 6:57 AM

I feel aweful for the officer who had to do the shooting. It is an unfair burden for him to have the death of an innocent (baby) on his conscience. I hope it doesn't haunt him. Sounds like he did what he had to do to protect himself...

C.T. Carlson @ 10/31/2012 7:48 AM

All this over an offense that would have generated a few days in jail and probation most likely. I feel bad for the child, however, they can't have had much of a life to look forward to, with parents like that.

Robocop @ 10/31/2012 8:46 AM

The suspect should also be charged with 2 counts of murder. These deaths are a direct ult of his criminal behaviour. The Chief there is a friend of mine and I was one of his original FTO's when he was with another Department. Good guy and I know he will be backing his Officer.

Doug M. @ 11/1/2012 8:49 AM

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. AMF.

CopsonTrial @ 11/2/2012 10:08 AM

What a surprise. Police not only shoot and kill adults, but also don't hesitate when shooting a pregnant female in the head, killing the unborn child. Not only does the killer get to go home to his family, he also is a baby killer and will get away with mudering not one, but two people with one bullet. I am sure the department is real proud of him too, corrupt leftists who shoot first and question later. So the cop feared for his life, his version of events is more than likely fabricated and witnesses have already stepped forward with different versions. What kind of sick pick shoots a pregnant women? A good shot too, considering he was able to shoot thru a windshield and into her skull! Would've been WAY to much to ain at a tire or simply jump out the way. Pig.

M.Conner @ 11/2/2012 4:03 PM

We really don't know if the officer knew she was pregnant or not. IMO it really doesn't matter. She had no regard for the unborn child's or officers life. We were not there, it is hard to pass judgement not knowing the whole story.

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