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Video: Mont. Man Steals Cruiser, Strikes Officer

January 31, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Dash-Cam Captures Stolen Police Car

A Montana burglary suspect was fatally shot by an officer he attempted to run down after attempting to escape in a stolen police car earlier this month.

The incident was captured on a Billings Police Department cruiser, reports the Billings Gazette. Dramatic footage shows the cruiser striking Officer Dave Punt, who later shot and killed Daniel Brawley as he attempted to escape.

Brawley, 29, had slipped out of his plastic zip cuffs while detained in the rear of Punt's cruiser. The officer-involved shooting followed an hours-long standoff at a home where a burglary was reported.

Officer Punt fired nine shots at the stolen cruiser, before it crashed, reports the Associated Press.

The cruiser was equipped with a WatchGuard video system that includes a feature called Record-After-the-Fact that allowed investigators to retrieve the video from the stolen vehicle, even though the system was not in an active recording mode during the incident, a company rep told POLICE Magazine.

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Ms.C @ 1/31/2013 9:38 PM

So did Officer Punt get cleared in his IAA? How is it he is the only one stopping a fleeing felon? I find him a pretty amazing officer to get hit by a patrol car and not only spring back to his feet, but shooting a suspect who had a shot gun in a car and would have been a danger to the public if he had gotten away. It also eliminated the possibility of a pursuit that could have had a bad ending. Awesome job Officer Punt, hope you get officer of the year for your judgement under duress, only shooting your weapon until the threat was stopped (and not shooting your full mag), and for being the only one, to include the SWAT team who was thinking that day.

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