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Video: Ohio Cops Chase, Kill Felon

June 04, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Ohio Pursuit Ends with Deadly Force

Two Solon (Ohio) Police officers have been exonerated in the fatal shooting of a man who fled a traffic stop and opened fire on officers after a short pursuit.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday cleared Patrolmen Steven Davis and Nicholas Kline in the March 17 shooting of Kevin Bailey on Bainbridge Road. The office also released dash-cam footage from Davis' cruiser, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Officer Davis stopped Bailey at 9:45 p.m. for making an unsafe lane change. Bailey told the officer he was coming from Toledo. After further questioning, the officer smelled marijuana. The officer ran Bailey's records and found drug and weapon felonies and called for backup.

After Officer Kline arrived, the two officers approached Bailey's car again. Bailey rolled up the window and started his car. Officer Davis can be heard saying, "Don't do it."

The two officers pursued Bailey for a short distance until the suspect spun out. As the officers approach, Bailey exits the vehicle and opens fire on both officers and their cruisers.

The officers returned fire, killing Bailey. Rounds from Bailey struck Officer Davis' ballistic vest and badge. The officer returned fire through the windshield inside his cruiser.

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pup @ 6/4/2013 3:58 PM

I'm happy God was watching over the officer and his partner that night. Especially, on the first approach, when the officer could have been easily ambushed while sitting in the drivers seat of his radio car. After viewing this video, I hope officers will learn from the tactical mistakes made and discuss them among their peers. Two main things is not to ever take your eyes off of the suspect and at the termination of pursuit, don't put yourself in a position of disadvantage.
I'm just glad both officers survied the vicious attack and were able to go home safe. To all of LE and Military, be safe and God Bless.

Wesley J. Hayes @ 6/4/2013 4:13 PM

Wow! This is a perfect example of what we LEO's face on a daily basis. Great courage by these officers. I thank God that they are OK, and for watching over them.

It's a shame that this will now negatively affect these two men for the rest of their lives. My prayers are with them and their family. Good job, guys!

J.Brown @ 6/4/2013 7:51 PM

Evey traffic stop has this potential as an ending or some variation there to. When there are more than the driver it is amplified.
Not a happy ending, but an ending, over almost nothing.

James Wood @ 6/4/2013 8:41 PM

These two cops aren't lucky - they're heroes. If that suspect had the drive and stupidity to try to kill two cops, imagine the damage he would have easily inflicted on unarmed, innocent civilians. Officers Kline and Davis saved others immeasurable grief by placing themselves in jeopardy and taking Bailey out. Well done, gentlemen. Sleep better knowing that it was Bailey who chose the event and that you did what we all hope we can do when and if we meet someone like him.

Sheriff Doug @ 6/8/2013 2:10 PM

Pup, it is healthy to curtique these videos but every officer on every traffic stop can be ambushed. Instead of zeroing in on what he did wrong how about what he did right? On his walk back to his patrol car he looked over his left shoulder at least twice. If you only focus on the driver and not on-coming traffic then you may end up getting ran over instead of getting shot. I like right side approaches to keep out of traffic, but no Monday morning quarterbacking here as he may of had a good reason to make a driver's side approach. As a first line supervisor for 15 years I would look at what my officers did right, and tell them about it, then look for ways to improve, mostly in areas of officer safety. Good job to both officers, they went home and not to the morgue that night.

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