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December 10, 2009
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Video of Mo. shootout a dramatic reminder of dangers officers face

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police Chief James Corwin released dashcam video of a fatal police shootout Wednesday after learning that a grand jury cleared the two officers involved in the shooting.

The video from the morning of Sept. 9 shows how dangerous police work can be. Dozens of shots from two veteran Kansas City officers followed what seemed like a run-of-the-mill fender bender, with nothing to warn the officers of what they are up against.

That first officer's dash-cam shows the short interaction, the driver of the crashed vehicle casually approaching, then calmly raising a handgun, pulling back its slide and firing. The driver, 36-year-old Exae Chavez-Gutierrez, died in the exchange. The officers, with 40 years combined experience, survived without a single gunshot.

Corwin commented today in his blog, saying, "I am releasing this video to show you the dangers KCPD officers face daily. We also are committed to being transparent. No officer ever wants to kill another human being, but as you can see in the video, sometimes they are left with no choice."

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