LEO Near Miss: Prisoner escapes patrol vehicle, attempts officer ambush

An officer survives a near miss after a suspect escapes custody and is found with a firearm

Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of close calls or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can protect fellow officers in similar situations.

Event summary

My partner and I stopped a possible DUI driver for a red-light violation. There was a male driver and a female passenger. My partner performed a DUI investigation, which seemed to be routine. Neither of us performed an initial pat down.

My partner placed the driver under arrest for being under the influence of a narcotic substance. I began speaking with the passenger of the vehicle while my partner did a quick search of the arrestee, cuffed him and placed him in the patrol vehicle. He then came to me to check on how the passenger would get home and to determine what to do with the vehicle.

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