A video released Saturday shows the risks officers take every day in their efforts to protect and serve.
As a Spokane County sheriff’s office deputy is putting down a spike strip, the suspect — who was leading police on a high-speed chase — is seen almost running down the officer near the Spokane Valley Mall. The officer makes a spit-second decision to jump into his truck and avoids the suspect.
“Definitely just wanted to get to a safer location and get a little bit between me and him,” Deputy Ortiz tells KREM 2 News. “Only thing I had at the time was the trunk.”
Officials said the car chase initially started when police were trying to arrest suspect Jorel Fultz for felony firearm charges. KREM 2 News reports the chase eventually ended near the Idaho state line. Spokane Valley Police, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office were all involved, and police say they had to use a K-9 to stop Fultz as he ran from his car.
SCSO Deputy Mark Gregory tells KREM 2 News Fultz is the same man who faced assault charges after an altercation with a member of the television show “Deadliest Catch.”
Police tell KREM 2 News Fultz did need medical attention and was transported to a nearby hospital. Authorities say Fultz did have a passenger is his pickup, but the person’s name or information about the person have not released.
Dustin Sims, the bystander who filmed Ortiz deploying the spike strip, tells KREM 2 News he started filming because the officer stopped traffic, and he thought the truck clipped the officer.
“I honestly thought that he might have hit him,” Sims tells KREM 2 News. “Because of the way he jumped.”
KREM 2 News reports there were no serious injuries during the chase.
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