A gunfight is a sure-fire way to get a cop's attention, and our most watched videos of the year reinforce that notion. Over the course of 2011, time and time again it was the gore that got your attention, and maybe rightly so. There's officer safety reminders to glean from any encounter involving blood and bullets - especially the story of Jared Reston's unwavering will to win. Reston refused to stop fighting when a suspect fired at him after a foot pursuit, and his interview with Dave Smith got more views than any video we've ever posted.
Take a look at this year-end reflection that's not exactly warm and fuzzy, but will surely get you thinking about what could lie ahead in 2012.
A suspect with no criminal history shot Officer Jared Reston — and kept shooting — after a foot pursuit at a mall. "I knew I'm hit, but I've got a job to do. I've gotta end this, and I've gotta end it now," Reston said.
Officers fired 40 rounds and struck a suspect with 13 of them.
Ark. courthouse rampage footage released Chilling surveillance footage shows a shooter fumble with his weapon before opening fire on court workers. Police enter in a diamond formation and eventually stop the threat.