Bystander Fires Shots at Suspect During Traffic Stop


PARMA, Ohio (AP) – A dashcam video released by police outside Cleveland shows a bystander blocking a car during a traffic stop and then firing several rounds at the suspect as he fled the scene.

WOIO-TV reports the video shows a Parma police officer pulling over a 22-year-old Cleveland man driving recklessly followed by a bystander trying to block the man’s car with his vehicle.

The officer got out of his cruiser and ordered the man to turn off the engine. The man instead bumped the bystander’s front fender and began driving off, prompting the bystander to fire several rounds.

A Parma police spokesman says the bystander told officers he thought his and the officer’s lives were in danger.

The suspect, who wasn’t shot, crashed a short time later and was arrested.

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