A high-speed chase broadcast on television isn’t uncommon in southern California. One that ends with a firefight is known to captivate those who manage to watch the chase to the end.
November 25th: A suspect in his mid-20s was chased on a freeway after carjacking a taxi. With speeds as high as 115 mph., it wasn’t long before a local network helicopter picked up the hour-long chase and streamed live footage to TV viewers. The chase continued through Huntington Beach, CA until it came to a halt in Santa Ana.
The halt resulted in a 15-minute standoff with the purportedly armed suspect refusing to get out of the vehicle. The police officers smashed out the driver window and sent a K9 unit with no success. The man stared the dog in the face and threatened to stab it if officers didn’t call him off. The K9 was pulled back.
Most of the dozen officers called to the scene were armed with less lethal products. As the suspect got tired of waiting, he bailed out of the passenger door, ran towards the back of the vehicle where he was quickly surrounded by police. He brandished a knife, which drew a barrage of less lethal attacks. He shrugged off 12 bean bags fired by shotguns, wiped off pepper spray and brushed by stun guns. Less lethal products were not going to settle this problem.
Officer Bill Murphy of the Huntington Beach Police Department was one of the few officers who drew a lethal means of force. As the suspect tried to open a perimeter by slashing officers, he charged Murphy closing the distance to less than 5 yards. With no other option, Murphy visually verified no officer stood behind the suspect and squeezed the trigger of his HK MP5 SD suppressed subgun. Lethal hits made their way into the suspect’s chest and head, ending the standoff.