There has long been controversy over high-speed chases by police that result in the deaths of innocent drivers. Some jurisdictions have sharply curtailed the circumstances under which police can engage in such chases. Those concerns are likely to be heard in the aftermath of a tragic death of Larry Collins, 63, after a police cruiser collided with his car during a chase of a robbery suspect. The police were chasing Brian Lipp on a highway . . . going against the traffic.
The police eventually caught up with Lipp and killed him. He was found to have only a pellet gun, but police say that did not know that and that Lipp raised the gun. Seven officers fired an estimated 40-50 rounds.
In all, seven other people were injured, including two police officers. That included a couple and their two children who were one of the cars in series of accidents.
Toledo Chief Mike Navarre of the Toledo Police insists that the fault is entirely Lipps and “the senseless act of a person who is desperate for money to feed a drug habit.”
It is not always fair to second-guess the police in reacting to an armed felon. However, there are legitimate concerns raised over the conduct of the chase and the high number of bullets fired by the officers.
Source: ABC13 as seen on Reddit.