Videos capture dramatic police shootout with carjacking suspect
For the second time in less than two weeks, the city moved quickly Wednesday to release video footage of a police-involved shooting — this time of officers opening fire on a carjacking suspect after he shot into a police cruiser, police said.
Unlike the videos released Aug. 5 of the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old suspect that highlighted potential training deficiencies, the footage of the shooting Tuesday night in the Roseland neighborhood spotlighted the dangers police face, Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Wednesday at police headquarters.
"These police officers face this kind of thing every single day," Johnson said. "Law enforcement all over the country right now is being scrutinized for everything that they do. But yet, these officers didn't go away from this. They ran to it."
Audio and video from dashboard cameras captured the dramatic pursuit Tuesday night of the vehicle that police said had been stolen earlier in the day. The chase escalated after the suspect extended an arm out the driver's window. Shots could then be heard, and a flash of light appeared.