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Officers Hurt; Suspect Shot, Killed After Blue Ash Police Pursuit

A suspect is dead and two Blue Ash police officers were injured after a high speed police chase ended in a police-involved shooting early Tuesday morning.

The suspect has been identified as Charles Wayne Bennett, 37, of Blue Ash.

Officers said they were forced to fire upon Bennett, who was unarmed, because he reportedly tried to run them down -- not once, but twice.

The incident started just before 12:30 a.m., on Cornell Road near Sycamore High School, when the black Chevrolet Bennett was driving was spotted driving suspiciously, police said.

When officers tried to pull the car over, they said Bennett turned his car around and drove back toward their cruiser, almost hitting it.

Officers tried to get him to stop, but instead Bennett led them on a chase of several miles through Blue Ash, at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

As Bennett's car approached Reed Hartman Highway at Glendale Milford, he was seen driving left of the center line and without his headlights on.

The car then slammed into a Blue Ash cruiser at Reed Hartman and Cooper Road.

As two officers approached the stopped car, they said Bennett accelerated towards one of them.

Both officers fired into the car in response. At that point, Bennett reportedly took off again.

Just 200 feet away along Reed Hartman Highway, Bennett hit another Blue Ash police car.

A third officer was struck by the car as it lunged forward.

He was slammed onto the car's roof and then fired additional shots into the car to get it to stop.

The chase finally ended near the intersection of Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road in Blue Ash, after the driver crashed into a Blue Ash cruiser.

Blue Ash Police Captain James Schaffer explained what happened next, "Further down the road at Reed Hartman, the suspect crashed into a second police car. Then the car lunged at several officers as they tried to approach, and more shots were fired."

Bennett was shot by police and was taken to Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery where he died.

There are numerous bullet holes in the suspect's car, which police said was reported stolen out of Clermont County.

Two Blue Ash Police officers suffered minor injuries. One was taken to the hospital and released, while the other refused treatment.

Police said the suspect had, what they refer to as, "an extensive criminal record."

Bennett's passenger was injured by flying glass and was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released. He is not being charged.

The three officers who shot at the stolen car have been placed on paid administrative leave while the pursuit and shooting investigation continues.

Bennett is well known among Blue Ash Police for charges of drug trafficking.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
Absolutely justified.

Thanks for posting that. Much better quality video than usual.
I'm not disagreeing, but could you expand on that... what made it justified. It was difficult for me to absorb what was happening in the video in the last moments. I would assume your LEO experience allows to process the data much more quickly than I would. mzmtg's post about an officer being struck by the vehicle seems to provide some basis. I'd just like to hear your thoughts.
 

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AeroShooter said:
Malum Prohibitum said:
Absolutely justified.

Thanks for posting that. Much better quality video than usual.
I'm not disagreeing, but could you expand on that... what made it justified. It was difficult for me to absorb what was happening in the video in the last moments. I would assume your LEO experience allows to process the data much more quickly than I would. mzmtg's post about an officer being struck by the vehicle seems to provide some basis. I'd just like to hear your thoughts.
The officer is on the hood of the car because he was ran over. He was about the third officer that the bad guy hit with the car. He faces a couple of choices:

1. Shoot and stop the threat.

2. Try and jump off and clear of the car and hope the guy doesn't run him over and kill him.

3. Stay on the hood of the car and hang on for the ride.

Given that the guy has already ran over multiple cops and cop cars, his intentions are clear. I agree. The shooting was completely justified.
 

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Is it just me or do others see the cop jump up on top of the car BEFORE the head lights started moving forward.

It is in my personal opinion, after carefully reviewing the video, that the police officer climbed on top of the hood BEFORE the gas pedal was hit. I do not think he was hit by the car, he simply made a move to gain a clear and distinctive opportunity for a head shot.


I’m not disputing whether or not he needed to be shot, I just wanted to clear that up. :wink:

poop has been stirred... :popcorn:
 

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watched the end again... The officer, with gun drawn, kneeling on the hood, I think the second that V8 revved that he would have been justified, even if that was the first stop. The fact that the dead guy had just smashed into another cruiser 20 seconds before that just seals it.
 

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gizmo5 said:
Is it just me or do others see the cop jump up on top of the car BEFORE the head lights started moving forward.

It is in my personal opinion, after carefully reviewing the video, that the police officer climbed on top of the hood BEFORE the gas pedal was hit. I do not think he was hit by the car, he simply made a move to gain a clear and distinctive opportunity for a head shot.

I’m not disputing whether or not he needed to be shot, I just wanted to clear that up. :wink:

poop has been stirred... :popcorn:
 

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gizmo5 said:
Is it just me or do others see the cop jump up on top of the car BEFORE the head lights started moving forward.

It is in my personal opinion, after carefully reviewing the video, that the police officer climbed on top of the hood BEFORE the gas pedal was hit. I do not think he was hit by the car, he simply made a move to gain a clear and distinctive opportunity for a head shot.

I’m not disputing whether or not he needed to be shot, I just wanted to clear that up. :wink:

poop has been stirred... :popcorn:
I will give you that it was not moving, but not nessicarily before the gas pedal being hit.

The Carlo had a police cruiser shoved into the side of it could mean that the gas pedal was being depressed and the cruiser was temporarily holding it back. Hearing the engine begining to rev and seeing he was directly in front of the he jumped on the hood right when it dislodged the cruiser. I don't think he was hit, I think his reaction time was the only thing that stopped him from being hit.
 

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I am with GS1 on this one.

I have had a similar experience. When I was in front of a car and the guy moved the column shifter into gear, I drew my gun and jumped up on the car to keep from being hit, and I politely informed the driver of the likely consequences if his foot came off the brake. I saw the mall security uniforms that had run behind the car parting like the Red Sea to clear the backstop . . . while the driver stared at me wide eyed and took two seconds to consider his options.

The driver put the car into park.

I do not think we should have expected the officer to take a high speed ride on the car, which was quite clearly moving when the officer fired, whether you think it was "moving" when he got onto the hood.

When you are in front of a car and it goes into gear, it is not a comfortable feeling.

Here is a clue for you. If there is a police officer on the hood of your car with a gun, and you floor the gas pedal, do not be surprised at all if you are shot.
 

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For anyone questioning this shooting, tell me where the occupants hands were or what they were doing. Only Officer Bullrider would be able to tell. This guy had attempted to hit several officers with his car (clearly a deadly weapon).

If the only available place for the officer to go was on the hood and captain dips**t decides to floor it, he made the choice to take the neverending dirt nap.
 

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I agree with MP on this 100%. That was as justified an officer shooting as anyone is likely to see.

The idiot in the stolen car may have been drugged-up, based on his actions, or just a pure-bred genuine idiot. Either way, he made some really bad choices that didn't leave many options available to the police.

This time, the good guys won!

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Even in baseball, you only get 3 strikes. Traffic stops are never routine and you wonder just how many chances the police under these circumstances are supposed to take the chance that this BG is going to kill someone just because of his speed, let alone race at police cars and policemen. I think this was appropriate use of force and justified. One win for the home team, zip for the visitor.
 

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a vehicle is just as deadly of a weapon as a firearm... completely justified.

my opinion actually extends a bit further on these high speed chases where the runner continually disobeys laws and endangers all around him. i think lethal force is not only authorized, but should be required at the first available opportunity to end the threat to the public. sometimes it's faster to shoot them than P.I.T. them if the backplane is clear, and time should be the primary consideration...not the BG's life.

many of these chases end up either killing or injuring innocents because they let them go on too long waiting for a P.I.T. opportunity.
 

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Adult decisions have adult consequences. Fortunately for the rest of the world, this guy will never have the opportunity to harm anyone else.
 
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