DASHCAM: Pueblo Officer Shoots into Fleeing VehicleBy Calibre Press | Nov 8, 2017
Nine months after a man who Pueblo (Colo.) Police say was a known gang member was shot and killed by officers during a tense confrontation, the department released body camera footage of the incident showing multiple vantage points.
The Pueblo Police Department chose to release the video publicly in light of a criminal justice records request, according to a news release that was distributed on Wednesday morning. The officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing by the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office on Aug. 14.
Pueblo Police say they were searching for the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Andrew Byrd, after a woman reported that he was armed and had stolen her vehicle the night of Feb. 4, 2017. He had several warrants for his arrest at the time, according to the Pueblo Police Department.
Initially, the news release says the officers determined the vehicle was a “civil matter” but nevertheless tried to find Byrd. Just after midnight the next day, the woman called police again and said Byrd and another man had returned to her home in a different car, a gray Toyota Camry.
Over the radio, dispatch said “the male parties had guns in their laps,” per the woman’s report.
When Pueblo Officer Todd Whittemore headed to the scene, the news release says he drove by the Toyota Camry and shined his spotlight into the vehicle, but didn’t see anyone inside.
The news release says Whittemore then made a u-turn and pulled behind the sedan, and suddenly saw its brake lights illuminate. That’s when he turned on his overhead emergency lights, and police say Byrd backed into Whittemore’s patrol vehicle.
Meanwhile, another officer – identified as Neal Robinson – drove down the street toward Whittemore and watched as Byrd rapidly accelerated and turned to the left, moving up from behind a semi-trailer parked in front of him and into traffic.
Robinson pulled up next to the semi, according to Pueblo Police, and Byrd then tried to turn right, crashing into the side of the truck on his passenger side.
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