Chase ends when driver rams car into police cruiser

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Updated: 10/11/2013 8:50 am Published: 10/11/2013 8:28 am

Police say a man led them on a chase in North Tulsa, and rammed a police car, forcing an officer to fire at him.

He is in jail this morning.

It happened near the intersection of Haskell and Gary Place around 11:30 Thursday night.

We went on the Tulsa Jail website and got the mug shot of the man police say started it all, 33 year old Henry Harris.

FOX23's Preston Jones explains how police say they handle a situation like this one.
The Captain says it's very rare to see a traffic stop turn into a situation where officers are firing shots.

Right now it's quiet again in this neighborhood, but just a few hours ago there was a wrecked cop car and a dozen others scattered throughout the streets.

The Captain says the chase started just a few blocks north of here around 11:30.

It lasted less than a mile after Harris drove down a dead end street.

Officers say once he realized he was stuck, he drove through a front yard then rammed a police car.

Before that, the officer jumped out for protection, then fired multiple shots at Harris as he wrecked the car.

No one was hit, and Harris is in jail right now.

He's being held on nine different complains, including assault with a deadly weapon, eluding an officer, and driving without a license.

Captain Mike Eckert says officers handle traffic stops with extreme caution, police are easily identifiable, but officers never know who they're pulling over.
"Obviously when a suspect drives away, that's a high risk stop," Eckert says. "So in a pursuit like this there's a lot of things going through the officers minds as far as contingency planning, what will I do if this happens, how can I be a step ahead of the suspect."

The officer who fired shots will be placed on routine paid administrative leave while an investigation is underway.

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Unwashed Mass - 10/11/2013 11:49 AM
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The usual technique involves the officer placing himself in the path of a car, then using the claim "I feared for my life" to justify shooting his gun. Very over-used, but people still fall for it because reporters never question it.
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