Editor's Note — "Officer Russell and his family have made the ultimate sacrifice for each of us and this country," said police driving expert and P1 columnist Capt.Travis Yates of the Tulsa (OK) PD.
"Today’s tragedy is yet another example of the extreme danger that faces our law enforcement officers during vehicle pursuits. Tire deflation devices are important tools in combating these dangers. While these tools have the potential to be dangerous to officers, their successful use can be very effective in producing a much safer environment for the community during a police pursuit. This balancing act will remain difficult for each agency and officer."