A traffic stop in Michigan was anything but routine after the driver attempted to shoot a police officer when he approached the car.
Police dashcam video, released Monday by the Battle Creek Police Department, shows Officer Brad Gentry pulling over a car Saturday afternoon. Approaching the driver’s side window, Gentry said, “What’s up, man,” and was promptly answered with a gun fired near his head, reported WOOD-TV.
Though Gentry was not hurt, the shot temporarily deafened him and video showed him stumbling back to his patrol car. Reporting “shots fired, shots fired” into his radio, Gentry took off after the fleeing vehicle after returning a few shots of his own, reported WOOD. “He shot me. I’m not hit,” Gentry told police dispatchers.
The chase, which at times reached 70 mph and lasted about four minutes, wound through a residential neighborhood as the suspect narrowly missed other vehicles and ignored traffic signs. “If anybody can take that car out, do it,” a voice over police radio could be heard saying.
Gentry, who was still having trouble hearing, asked the other officers to take over the pursuit. “I can still barely hear my radio,” he said. “Go ahead and bow out. Let us pass you,” another officer replied.
Though the dashcam video ends here, the hot pursuit of the suspect continued on foot as he allegedly ditched the car, dropped his gun in a snow bank, and ended up at his mother’s home only a mile from the original traffic stop. A stand off there ended with the suspect, Darriyone Zamone Clark-Brown, being transported to a hospital after a bite from a police K-9, WOOD reported.
The 21-year-old Clark-Brown was arraigned Monday on multiple charges of assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm, fleeing and eluding, resisting, obstructing or assaulting an officer and driving without a license. With bond set at $250,000, he faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted.
“It’s a scary situation where you have, all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, no time to react, that you have a shot being fired off right near your head,” Battle Creek Police Maj. Jim Grafton told WOOD. “If he would’ve been hit, I don’t even want to go down that road.”
Grafton added that he did not know the reason why Clark-Brown fired at Gentry, who had not yet returned to work after the temporary hearing loss. But he noted that the police video footage showed the kind of danger officers face daily.
“(Gentry) did outstanding,” Grafton said. “I’m proud of him, I’m proud of our department — the way that we responded, the way that we handled it. Ultimately, the suspect was found inside the residence. He was unarmed, and he was taken into custody without incident.”
“It was a safe resolution after a very deadly situation,” he added.
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