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Mich. Deputy Returns Fire at Vehicle Stop

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Nichols stopped a 2002 Chevy Silverado after it ran a traffic light. As the deputy approaches the driver's side of the pickup truck, the driver opens fire.

January 10, 2012

Comments (23)

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A.J. @ 1/10/2012 6:54 PM

Why didn't he pursue him?

Mark @ 1/10/2012 7:27 PM

That's what I was wondering....

Laura @ 1/10/2012 8:04 PM

Heard him say he was maintaining the seen of the original shooting since he fired his weapon. Maybe it is a departmental rule?

Rich @ 1/10/2012 8:21 PM

Kudos to the Deputy for not chasing after the suspect. He demonstrated exceptional restraint by remaining on the scene. Had he pursued the suspect and caught him, he may have crossed that line and engaged in excessive force.

[email protected] @ 1/10/2012 8:39 PM

Rich, is that "tongue-in-cheek" response? Sure hope so. Don't know his dept.s regs so..... I would like to know if they caught coward.

Luke @ 1/10/2012 9:00 PM

Rich are you serious? Since when do we not chase an armed suspects because there might be force used when we catch them. Anyone willing to shoot a cop on a t stop will not hesitate to shot a member of the public. I disagree with "kudos for not chasing the suspect.". Not second guessing the deputy for his decision, just don't agree With the comment.

Lawman5643 @ 1/10/2012 9:39 PM

I believe he did a great injustice by not pursuing the vehicle, even if all he was intending to do was to follow the truck & give location updates that would have been fine. By staying on the scene he only allowed the offender to get away. I'm glad he's ok, however I would have dropped my hat at the location where I fired my rounds & went after him. Who's to say that the guy that shot at him wouldn't try to steal another vehicle thus placing someone else in harms way.

Charlie J. @ 1/11/2012 12:31 AM

I agree lawman 100%! I realize the officer was beyond stressed having been shot at (been there done that), but like Luke says, If this idiot is going to shoot at an armed officer, what chance does the public stand? At the very least he should have pursued him until other officers could apprehend him. I'm not sure what Ricks thinking is on this?!

Alan @ 1/11/2012 5:12 AM

Really Rich WTF excessive force!!! do you know how that works? Deadly force is now warranted when the other officers catch him they don't even have to say anything. Actions have already beeen dictated!!!

WildBill @ 1/11/2012 7:37 AM

Although we don't know the policy or understand why he did not pursue, at least the creeps were apprehended!

BobinGA @ 1/11/2012 7:42 AM

Stupid to second guess the officer on pursuit. You don't know the availability of others to catch the suspect, you don't know the status of the officer. My guess is that the officer has a whopping dose of adrenalin pumping in his body, and the last person I'd want to be operating a high speed emergency vehicle down the road is someone who is experiencing an adrenalin dump. I don't know the facts either, but give the guy a bit of a break.

PS: If you haven't considered passenger side approaches, please do.

usmcguy @ 1/11/2012 10:37 AM

His dash cam has GP location of the stop and the shooting so investigators know where the shooting took place. Again most are correct - what is his department policy on car stop - shot fired. Thanks god they missed him.

jeff @ 1/11/2012 12:13 PM

I dont understand why he didnt pursue either.the fired cases are not going to walk off and he sent another unit after him to engage him alone again if he found him and stopped him.The dash cam isnt going to lie and scene can be reconstructed easily. But i suppose i might be second guessing

Weblefty @ 1/11/2012 4:00 PM

he probably needed to change his pants first

Dustin @ 1/11/2012 8:37 PM

Guys its not hard to figure out why he didn't give immediate chase, he was trying to figure out if he had been hit? No point driving if you are not paying attention to your condition. You are no good to the public or yourself if you are bleeding out and don't check/know for sure. Thats the point I took right away after watching this

SP6468 @ 1/12/2012 7:55 AM

Thank the Lord both officers are ok. I'm very surprised that the officer didnt pursue the vehicle. Even to try and keep the suspect vehicle within sight and give out its location.

M. Watson @ 1/12/2012 1:31 PM

WOW! Officer almost got killed; the video clearly shows the bullet from the first shot fired went right by the officers head! Good job staying calm and firing back as well, surprised he didn't hit the driver, looked like his aim was true. Man, that is one dangerous job. I think the officer was right not persuing the vehicle and securing the original crime scene, other officers obviously caught up with and apprehended the perpetrator. WHEW, that was intense!

goodee @ 1/13/2012 9:00 AM

No way I would have not gone after him. I would like to read the policy that says that if someone shoots at you ,and takes off ,that you have to remain there to maintain the scene. I work with a couple of guys who would have probably not gone after him.

DAL Alain @ 1/13/2012 12:41 PM

Hello, i'm french cop, in first i hope all ride is ok for the officer.
So all cops everywhere in the world must be careful when we stop car or criminal. We work for the security of the socity, it's a djob's we love, but not a job for die.
In france, we look the problems with cops but not really with criminal.
We are man and woman who work for all man and woman don't forget.
GOOD work my friends and be careful for this new year 2012.

DAL Alain*
french police officer

Philip @ 1/15/2012 5:22 AM

I heard him mention in the radio traffic after that he wasn't sure if he was hit or not. Perhaps he was assessing himself if he needed medical treatment while deciding to give chase. Or maybe his adrenaline was so pumped he didn't think he could pursue safely. I still think he did very well in returning fire and not freezing up. Pursuit or not.

RetMarE7 @ 1/17/2012 4:04 AM

Second guessing is always so unpleasant... that being said, for the sake of us all learning something from each and every incident we dissect, let me be just one more to ask, why the hell didn't this officer/deputy pursue the suspect who just tried to kill him? I know there are some stupendously stupid rules and regulations around but really??? Stay to protect the scene? WHAT SCENE?? The only thing there are some shell casings and POSSIBLY some tire tracks. If the shitbags were chased and caught, usually the case, no tire tracks needed. The dash cam pretty much solves the case of the OIS... Who is trained to NOT catch and take appropriate defensive actions against a suspect who attempts to kill someone, especially an officer????

I wish the officer the best but hope he learns from this case that turning oneself into a traffic cone is not really the best way to protect the public.

RJD @ 1/25/2012 2:36 PM

He did good by not chassing, He didnt know if he was shot and if he was hit and chassed after him, He could've got somebody else killed

trailblazerecb @ 2/29/2012 12:58 AM

If you look close you can see the round pass just above his head. Good to see you made it through this one my brother in the badge.

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