The Vehicle Incidents and Issues topic deals with issues related to specialized patrols like motorcycle units as well as vehicular risks and challenges to law enforcement, including vehicle crashes involving police and vehicular assaults against officers. From single-car traffic accidents to high-speed pursuits, most law enforcement injuries and fatalities occur in, or immediately outside of, a police officer’s vehicle.
Dash cam footage out of South Carolina captures police conducting a traffic stop in August 2013 for a window tint violation. As one officer begins to conduct a pat-down of the suspects, one of the vehicle occupants attempts to escape. The running suspect shot at officers, and they were forced to open fire, killing him.