KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new video released by Kansas City authorities shows the frightening dash cam footage of suspects firing at cops while flying through streets.
Now, three young offenders are in custody and facing criminal charges.
The pursuit began just after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night near 66th and Woodland Avenue. A unit in the area reportedly noticed a vehicle parked in an abandoned lot with its headlights off.
As the officer approached the vehicle to check it out and shined his spotlight, the car suddenly took off. The officer quickly followed suit, tracking the car through nearby parking lots and businesses. As he activated his lights, the car tore away from him.
As the car flew down the road, gunfire rings out over the speakers.
Muzzle flashes can be seen coming from the vehicle as the officer continues his chase, widening the distance between his cruiser and the vehicle. The officer screams out over his radio.
“They’re firing!” the officer can be heard yelling in the video. “High caliber weapon!”
The officer keeps calling out for backup as he follows the car, screaming “Get me cars now!” as the suspects continue to flee.
At point, the radar clocking the vehicle’s speed reads out 93 mph.
As the dangerous chase continues, the officer tells the dispatcher that he is going to attempt to perform a TVI.
A TVI, commonly known as a PIT maneuver, stands for Tactical Vehicle Intervention. The officer can be seen positioning himself to where he could catch his cruiser on the back right fender of the suspects’ car.
Right after, the vehicle can be seen spinning out. The officer rushes to the car and screams for the suspects inside to give up and show their hands.
The officer was able to successfully apprehend the suspects without further incident. Police recovered two handguns and an ‘assault-style’ rifle from the vehicle.
Now, prosecutors say that Darryl Nichols, 25, Michael Fleming, 18, and Ruhwan Johnson, 18, are each facing charges of of assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of resisting arrest and two counts of armed criminal action.
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Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker released a statement late on Friday.
“The community and the prosecutor’s office is grateful for the officer’s steady demeanor during the entirety of this criminal incident and that the suspects were apprehended without harm. It is a credit to the officer and his training that no one was further harmed by the behavior of the suspects.”
Watch the shocking footage of the chase below.
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