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Ohio Pursuit Ends with Deadly Force

A Solon (Ohio) Police officer shot and killed a suspect who exited his vehicle after a short pursuit and opened fire on the officer. Warning: The video contains graphic content. Read the full story here.

June 04, 2013

Comments (34)

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jim @ 6/4/2013 2:26 PM

One for thr good guys. Glad the officer wasn't seriously hurt.

Ryan @ 6/4/2013 3:44 PM

Good job unit 95!

RPG50 @ 6/4/2013 4:13 PM

I would just like to remind officers that if you are justified in using deadly force, that could include shooting the subject or ramming him with your squad car. Don't place yourself in danger unnecessarily.

James @ 6/4/2013 4:19 PM

Outstanding! That creep won't try it again.

Bad Karma Development @ 6/4/2013 4:47 PM

Great Job. I commend you both.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 6/4/2013 4:54 PM

Wow! Empty that weapon....they are lucky to be alive.

belto @ 6/4/2013 5:02 PM

Buen trabajo oficial Dios te guardara por siempre

Agent Borges PRPD @ 6/4/2013 6:04 PM

The Justice of men and God have been made..It's no easy..Congrats!!

Mark @ 6/4/2013 6:40 PM

Great job, put keep that right had free!

Wayne @ 6/4/2013 9:02 PM

John....I could be wrong, but offender looks like a bearded Caucasian to me. You don't help the LEO's image with racial epithets like that. Scumbags aren't one color!

Deputy King @ 6/4/2013 9:58 PM

WOW!! Talk about your stupid moves!! That guy had to have a death wish, glad the officers were alright.

uslawman1983 @ 6/5/2013 3:18 AM

The world is slightly safer place without that dirtbag in it. The officers did a good job there. Glad they're okay and headed back to the street. Bad guys have gotten increasingly violent over the past decade or so. We need to stay on top of our game, be vigilant on every call/car stop and wear your vest.

Maddog 81 mm @ 6/5/2013 4:04 AM

It's obvious , all traffic stops are not routine, be prepared for the worst !!! In this case the officers had no other recourse than to take the POS down. Congratulations Unit 95, you did well, under well under
fire ! Clear as hell, a good shoot !!! LEOs stay safe , out there !!!

Lt. Sal @ 6/5/2013 4:48 AM

As i watched this one of my detectives came up behind me thinking it was one of our officers. The roads look simular and the shooting began. I then turned to him and said "We do this everyday." I must have made that stop 1000 times and thankfully have come out on top. We need to remind each other about times like these. The officer was shot in the badge/vest. There are still cops out there complaining about vest being uncomfortable. Really, how does a bullet in the chest feel? Not like a down pillow I am sure. I cannot stress safety enough. Don't get complacent, think two moves ahead and stay safe, Lt. Sal

drobbins @ 6/5/2013 10:06 AM

...reading my mind RPG50...

Steve-o @ 6/5/2013 12:11 PM

I am glad that no one was hurt.

TERRY F. ZECH(RET) VAPD @ 6/5/2013 12:44 PM

Well the guy came out firing and he wasn't a very good shot. I am glad the officer had his vest on. the suspect went down really quick on his first hit he played it out and paid the final bill. Good job officers.

TERRY F. ZECH(RET) VAPD @ 6/5/2013 12:45 PM

Well the guy came out firing and he wasn't a very good shot. I am glad the officer had his vest on. the suspect went down really quick on his first hit he played it out and paid the final bill. Good job officers.

PaulRRPD @ 6/5/2013 1:42 PM

I am glad that no officer was injured and the suspect ended up dead but why would the officer leave the car once he detected the odor of marihuana. This I believe gave the suspect time to think, fight or flight. He chose to run the fight, which was two bad decisions.

John @ 6/5/2013 5:13 PM


RWM @ 6/5/2013 6:01 PM

Ofcr must be FNG, but he qualified Ex 3/17/13..... Good job, no court!

thom @ 6/5/2013 7:10 PM

Great Job!!! Now the taxpayers don't have to spend more money takin' this guy to trial and jail. oohrah

REPO @ 6/7/2013 8:29 AM

Well its obvious the right decision was made to leave the suspect's car and develope a game plan (staying vigilant), due to the fact the officer is still here. Not fair to call him a FNG when we were not in the same position. Although similar experiences have been had but never the same situation.

Rod @ 6/11/2013 3:36 PM

Excellent poise by the officers! Great job!!

tman @ 6/13/2013 4:38 AM

After pulling over what I thought was a DUI driver that ended up fleeing and wrecking he came out of his car and started shooting immediately. Because it was 2am and very dark I never saw the gun but saw the muzzle flash of the first round and heard it wiz by my ear. 3 seconds and 11 rounds later he took off running only to fall behind the back of building and bled out due to injuries. I was hit in my badge but wearing a vest. This video is too much like my experience. Some lessions for those that still put on a uniform 1) Don't position youself by the drivers open window 2) Always assume the driver and passengers are up to no good until proven otherwise 3) Chases are chases for a reason and prepare for the worst. Yes, he might have a suspended DL and being stupid but could be like my guy, a convicted felon with a gun who didn't want to go back to prison. You don't know the mind of these guys and plenty of drugs messing them up anway 4) Tell your family you love them every day and pray on your way to work for God's protection. Live a life of no regrets...Stay safe.

LAPDSGT @ 6/17/2013 8:16 AM

Poor tactics... Very poor. Luck only lasts so long.

Lewis @ 6/20/2013 4:10 AM

Great job men. Glad both are OK. He will not harm anyone anymore. FMR Military Police SGT-USMC-ooorah

Miami Dave (Retired) Lt @ 6/27/2013 1:12 AM

Not trying to Monday morning quarterback, but I use to teach survival tactics in Miami. The officer was a bit complacent initially, but the chase, ended poorly. He never should have positioned his car, the way it ended up,he should have been behind him. Once your in a chase like that, and the bad guy stops, NEVER end up the way this officer did ! I agree with the LAPD Sgt's post above (see above) where he says , quote :" Poor tactics... Very poor. Luck only lasts so long " unquote. The officer was VERY lucky, and why he got in front of the door like that is anyones guess ? I see a lot of guys above saying : "Great job " "Outstanding" etc ? When we would teach survival tactics, on Key Biscayne, we would do bad guy scenarios like this all the time, and being in Miami, 22 years, I was involved in several armed conflicts like this. Point is, the officer got way to close and left himself wide open to be shot and killed. You stay a safe distance form the suspect, if he runs , so what , bring in K-9 , and back ups. Bottom line, the cop(s) were very lucky that this idiot was a bad shot, and as the LAPD guy says "Poor Tactics, and positioning" I guess the LAPD Sgt above, being from L.A. and me from Miami, we know better ! I'll bet this hasn't happend in this little town in Ohio in a long time, if ever at all ? Be well , be safe, and position yourself safely !

Mikey @ 7/2/2013 9:31 AM

Well, since you've been involved in "several armed conflicts", you of all people should know that things happen in split seconds. Much of the time, you have less than 1 second to react. Poor tactics aside, this officer went home. Job well done. That's all that matters. His reaction was better than your grammar and spelling in your post. Oh wait! Doesn't feel too good, does it? My critique of your grammar and spelling doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things...just as your critique of this officer's tactics don't matter one bit. Again, this officer went home after his shift. That's all that matters.

Gregory Marshall @ 7/15/2013 11:22 PM

During my first two years as an officer in California two officer friends were both killed in essentially ambushes, something nearly impossible to prepare for, but it did heighten my level of caution. Since we rarely encounter a shootout such as this, as years go by we tend to become complacent, but should remember never to let our guard down. These two officers could have employed better procedures, but then again they were no more lax than most of us often are. The main thing is that this had a happy ending for them.

Leo S. @ 7/31/2013 4:42 AM

Great video! Many things to learn from in this video, outstanding job by the officers!

Jer @ 8/3/2013 11:08 AM

Hey Superstar A. and B. from Miami and L.A- That's how it happened. How does he know the pursuit was going to end with the suspects car missing the turn, winding up perpendicular to them, and then the suspect opening fire? I guess he should have made a right turn and then swung around and came up at just the right distance from behind with good tactical positioning and then returned fire just like in training instead of instantly returning fire and taking the subject out.... What a couple of All-Stars.....I wish we could all be from L.A. or Miami- then we would know how to be real cops.

714 @ 8/13/2013 12:58 PM

Had to stop watching it over and over again to post this, not the chase but the last second the dead dude had left to live. Back to watch it more.

drax @ 8/29/2013 6:57 PM

Another reason to make sure you wear your vest. Bad tactics or not, I'm glad the officers were ok and the suspect won't be around anymore.

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