LEO Near Miss: Armed subject hides from officers during foot pursuit

When contact with a suspect is likely, use high-risk tactics, even if no suspect is located after an initial search

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

Two armed suspects robbed an individual and stole the victim’s vehicle. A patrol officer located the vehicle being driven on a city roadway and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop, and a vehicle pursuit ensued.

Two patrol cars, a K-9 unit and a helicopter pursued the vehicle for 20 minutes. The vehicle pursuit ended in a rural area, and the suspects fled on foot in different directions. The sun had set during the pursuit, so the foot pursuit occurred in darkness.

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