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Video: N.J. Cops Tackle Robbery Suspect

April 25, 2013  | 

VIDEO: N.J. Cops Take Down Robbery Suspect

East Orange (N.J.) Police tackled a man suspected of robbing a dollar store within minutes of the crime after municipal cameras identified him heading east on Park Avenue.

Raw video shows Detective Anthony Peters doing a flying tackle to take Khaiuan Purnell, 26, into custody Monday morning, reports the Star-Ledger.

Purnell had walked into the Family Dollar Store on Springdale Avenue at 10 a.m., police said. He pulled out a black handgun and demanded all the money in the register.

Once the muncipal cameras pinpointed Purnell, officers converged on the area. Two detectives parked their car in front of the suspect, who began to run. Detective Peters tackles Purnell in the middle of the street, sending a gun flying out of his waistband. Police then cuff Purnell and take him to a patrol car.


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mike @ 4/26/2013 5:23 AM

Tackling a man known to be armed with a handgun? Have we become so afraid to protect ourselves through the potential use of deadly force that we jeopardize our safety and thesafety of our fellow officers?

Fed Cop @ 4/29/2013 8:22 AM

Hey Mike, totality of the circumstance and situational awareness. They may have known something that's not in the article. Notice no one has drawn down on the subject while the LEO is controlling him?

Ed Jeter @ 5/7/2013 7:40 PM

Great work by the police. The officer that aprehended the suspect felt his approach was the best one at the time. Officers that work violent crimes are critiqued after the fact all of the time. The ones facing the situation must react in a manner they feel is best.

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