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Video: Utah Pursuit Ends In Gunfire

December 18, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Utah Pursuit Ends In Gunfire

A Morgan County (Utah) Sheriff's deputy who pursued the driver of a GMC truck for a broken headlight fired at the female driver when she lurched her vehicle toward him.

The high-speed chase in November ended when deputies shot Kristine Nicole Biggs, 41, in the left eye. The Davis County Attorney's Office is now investigating the use of force.

Biggs had refused to stop during the pursuit, in which Utah State Patrol officers used spike strips that shredded three of her tires.

Biggs had an outstanding warrant in Colorado stemming from a July 2011 arrest at a park for investigation of assault, resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and DUI, reports the Associated Press.

Tags: Vehicle Pursuits, Officer-Involved Shootings, Use-of-Force Policies, Morgan County (Utah) Sheriff


Comments (8)

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Mike @ 12/19/2012 4:02 AM

I am a former U.S. Marine, a hard core Republican and a gun advocate... however...Please... for the sake of common sense and justice... send that guy to Jail for 30 years... He acted like a complete redneck... (a coward showing how "brave" and "hard" he was when facing an unarmed woman) and displayed a completely untrained behavior. He acted like a poorly educated thug incapable of reasoning when using a firearm. He and the other "civilians" in uniform on that video are a danger to society and a shame for the police forces of the United States. I am beyond words of how embarrassed i am when seeing a group of men (dressed as police officers) murder a woman just for fun... what a shame!!!!!!!!

William @ 12/19/2012 5:49 AM

Well once again we have Mike the Marine playing armchair QB. First of all Mike thank you for your service in the Marines, but let me ask you a few questions and by the way I am a "redneck" and proud of it. Mike do you think she knew there were officers chasing her, do you think that if the officer had not moved she would have run over him, do you think if they had let her go that she might continue down the road and possibly hit a family? I am a 28 year LEO and while there are many ways to end a situation, I for one am not going to pass judgement when I was not there. This woman had no respect for the officers or anyone else and it was clear to me that she really didn't care if the officers were in front of her 7000 lb truck or not. Sure maybe they could have let her go and if she had gone down the road and hit you or your family Mike, you would be saying things like well if they would have done their job my family would be alive or whatever. Sure we are not out to kill anyone, but where do you get to pass judgement. By the way Mike, the lady in the video is not only alive, she has a pretty picture of her on the internet(mugshot) if you would look it up. There goes that assume mentality again.

RJSieg @ 12/19/2012 9:10 AM

There appears to be other officers off camera to the driver's side of the suspect vehicle. Protection of personal life or the life of a third party would authorize and justify lethal force.

PC @ 12/19/2012 11:24 AM

Right or wrong she did stop the truck and complied after the shot!!

pup @ 12/19/2012 11:35 AM

Watching the video from the dash cam, there may have been more to the eye for the officer to shoot. In Los Angeles, our policy states we shall not place ourselves in front of a suspect vehicle. The reason is due to several shootings, like the one in the video. It was determine we have no reason to stand in front of the vehicle to stop the suspect. By doing so, we increase the likelihood of using lethal force. If proper tactics had been used, the shooting may have been avoided.
I'm not sure of your policy, but there may be a change of your policy of tactics in the near future. Tactically, it's not a good idea to take on a vehicle. Not to mention, shooting the suspect, may not solve the problem as you may have to deal with an out of control vehicle. Be safe and God Bless!!

Big Dog @ 12/20/2012 4:00 AM

A motor vehicle is a weapon, guess the truck would have bounce off the Big Bad EX-Marine ( RIGHT ).

Nick @ 12/22/2012 4:51 PM

Why is it that many times officers will place themselves in the line of danger (or fire - if she had a gun)? We see this time and time again! If you believe lethal force may be necessary, then take cover, one officer give the commands! Based on the very short one perspective view of this dash cam, officers left cover, fired their weapon(s), and then placed themselves in a cross fire situation as the one (or more) officers circled the truck? Poor tactics! And once you are on target, why is it necessary to adjust your sling and go off target? Hmm ....

And yes, you can put yourself in a situation (stepping in front of a vehicle) in which you then may be justified in using lethal force to defend yourself from a 2-3 ton vehicle.

scott @ 12/23/2012 10:54 AM

He placed himself in a poor position but that doesn't mean he has to let himself get crushed. I agree with the above post that we can't see the whole picture. He may have been defending the life of a fellow Officer not in camera view. Bottom line is only that Officer can articulate why he used deadly force.

I too appreciate Mike for his USMC service but what he does and what a street cop does are night and day.

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