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Wis. officer narrowly escapes critical injuries as suspect drags him with car


P-1 Editor's Note -- "Treat a car just like any other deadly weapon," says training expert Craig Stapp.

  • Don't get in a position where you're caught or trapped physically by the car (like standing in the V of an open door: if the car backs up, you're stuck.)
  • Don't stand in front of a vehicle or reach out and hold on, assuming the driver won’t take off. He might!
  • Don't grab someone inside a vehicle such that he can grab you and drive off.
  • Don't reach inside a vehicle grabbing for keys.
  • Don't stick your arm through a half-opened window.

Craig Stapp is a firearms training sergeant for the Tempe, AZ PD and a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the Force Science Research Center at Minnesota State University.


By Mike Miller
The Capital Times

A Madison police officer nearly had his legs taken off as he tried to arrest a suspected drug dealer who continued to crash his car into obstacles as the officer held onto him from an open car door.

Instead, Madison Police Officer Matt Schroedl only suffered severe bruises as the lower half of his body dangled out of the car that Kenneth R. Green used to try to escape arrest.

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