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Video: Pittsburgh Cop Shoots Fleeing Suspect In Vehicle

March 11, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Pittsburgh Cop Jumps Into Vehicle

A 19-year-old man who fled a traffic stop with a Pittsburgh Police officer inside his vehicle faces multiple counts after a judge ordered him to face trial.

Newly released dash-cam footage shows the Nov. 11 traffic stop in Highland Park involving three officers who had stopped Leon Ford. The officers were checking Ford's driver's license and registration, when Officer David Derbish observed what he believed was a gun. Officer Derbish is seen leaning into the vehicle from the passenger side.

Officer Miller, who was on the driver's side, then attempted to pull Ford from the vehicle, reports WTAE.

Ford refused to comply and instead accellerated. Officer Derbish entered the vehicle and four shots were heard as Ford fled the scene. The officer shot Ford four times in the chest, leaving him paralyzed.

During Thurdsay's preliminary hearing, Ford's attorney said if officers suspected his client had a gun, they should have drawn weapons and demanded he get out of the car, reports the Post-Gazette.

Tags: Pittsburgh Police Bureau, Officer Involved Shootings, Vehicle Stops, Use-of-Force Policies


Comments (9)

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Bob@Az. @ 3/11/2013 4:58 PM

Shame. Four shots and this pos is still wasting air. And his low life lawyer evidently didn't read the report, where the turd refused to exit the vehicle. Want to bet the State will support him in luxury for the rest of his life? Blues, Stay Safe.

Leonard Mather @ 3/11/2013 5:07 PM

This is an excellent training film that would benefit Teens who lean toward scofflaw, stubbornness, arrogance and/or defiance of authority. True, it is a hard lesson, but nonetheless, it is a lesson in complying with orders from a LEO. It is also time to teach attorneys pleading that their client was "scared" will simply not fly. Being "scared" is the Perp's problem and NOT LEO's problem.

Doug M. @ 3/11/2013 5:54 PM

He's a PSO who needed shooting as this evolved, but WTF was an officer doing leaning into the car? That is WAY beyond stupid, and a disciplinary issue for sure.

ChiefP @ 3/12/2013 5:56 AM

Ford's Attorney is not qualified to say what the officers should or should not have done in that situation. He needs to shut his mouth and stick to the law and not department policy or dictating officer discretion. He does not get to make that call, the officers at the scene are the only ones that can.

tiffany @ 3/12/2013 12:28 PM

Wow,..Imagine this happening to you.Imagine,.the officer's coming back to the car and telling you that the information you gave them is fake.get the F@!* out of the car!!!..ok at this moment,.what is the first thing you would think?.and then what would be the first thing you would say to the officer's?..but wait a minute they're trying to pull him out of the car.what did he wrong do for this to happen?..who wouldn't be scared?..

Angered Police Officer @ 3/13/2013 8:54 PM

First and foremost, tiffany... In the situation you are questioning, you are blind if you don't know what he did to be arrested (or at least detained). Second, I guess it is the contagious liberal media contributing to Police Magazine poorly headlining this article, which may or may not have been intended to defame the police officer involved, before even reading the article. Think about it, if someone were to only read the headline of this article, they would think, "well, here is another violation of 'Tennessee v. Garner'."

APO

Lynette @ 3/20/2013 7:26 AM

Clearly this article isn't stating all the true facts.This young man gave them everything to identify himself yet they held him for 20 minutes stating he was a man named Lamont Ford.These officers needs to be fired and punished.Wpxi news.com reported this story also.

anonymous @ 4/16/2013 10:30 AM

What is wrong with you people, the cops were wrong in this whole situation. All they had to do is run his license and give him a ticket. Like they would've done if it was a white person. You people are still stuck on racial profiling that you can't even see that the cops were wrong in this situation. You people can't be that ignorent to see that these cops were clearly messing with him. Why did they think he had a gun because he was a young african american teen that looked like he was a hustler or a gang banger. He's just a regular teenager, i mean come on and wake up America the cops were wrong once again. They get away with it because they wear the badge. When will the people ever see justice. The cops can get away with murder literally. The people are sick and tired of cops treating us any way just because they have that badge on there chest. Since when is a cop allowed to jump in a car on a traffic stop? If they thought there was a gun and he was dangerous, no cop is going to indanger themselves by jumping in the car with a dangerous man. They would automatically pull out there guns and tell him to slowly get out of the car. He didn't have to exit his vehicle people he did nothing out of the ordinary for him to get out his vehicle, know your rights people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nico @ 3/11/2014 1:15 PM

I think police departments should have a minimum education requirement for service. The majority of the Pittsburgh police force is obviously too incompetent to abide by standard protocol for a traffic violation. This sickens me.

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