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Video: California Deputies Shoot Wrong-Way Driver from Helicopter, Ending Vehicle Pursuit

September 21, 2015  | 

VIDEO: California Deputies Shoot Wrong-Way Driver from Helicopter, Ending Vehicle Pursuit

San Bernardino County, Calif., sheriff's deputies in a helicopter shot a home invasion suspect involved in a dangerous wrong-way chase and car crash on the northbound 215 Freeway Friday afternoon.

On Saturday, the coroner's office identified the suspect as Nicholas Alan Johnson, 32, of Fontana.

The suspect led authorities on a chase through surface streets in Fontana and San Bernardino before he started driving the wrong way in the northbound lanes of the 215 Freeway. The suspect's vehicle reportedly reached speeds in excess of 100 mph and sideswiped a car during the pursuit.

Deputies inside a sheriff's helicopter realized the suspect was a threat to the public's safety and began firing shots at his car. He then bailed out of the moving vehicle, which then crashed head-on into a blue Dodge Durango.

The suspect eventually collapsed on the side of the road not far from the crash and died. Authorities told KABC TV the suspect was struck by gunfire but were not sure if his death was caused by the gunshot wound.

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Rick @ 9/21/2015 5:26 PM

The USCG has an airborne use of force policy, and have helped a few agencies develop their own. Firing without an airborne use of force policy is going to get the agency sued and the plantiff will probably win big.

kevCopAz @ 9/21/2015 9:37 PM

Im sure that your readers don't miss the irony of a brother officer dying the same day that this incident in CA. took place. Too bad Georgia PD help wasn't able to prevent the officers death.

JJG @ 9/25/2015 8:33 AM

What a headline! It makes it sound as if shots were fired simply for driving the wrong way on the highway. Geeez. Why not just say shots fired at home invasion suspect. Retard reporter. 35 yr. LEO

Rick @ 9/29/2015 11:05 PM

When I heard the news report on the radio, I immediately knew this shooting had to be in San Bernardino County. I went to the 80 Hour P.O.S.T Range Master Course in 1996, there was considerable discussion about the Pro's and Con's of shooting from aircraft. In 1996 San Bernardino was the only agency in the State of California to allow their Deputies to fire on a suspect from the air. As far as I know, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office is still the only agency in the State to authorize this. The Deputy who took the shots DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB AND SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED FOR HIS ACTIONS..

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