“He didn’t drop the knife … the officer Tases the suspect. He is not phased by the Tasing. At that point the suspect jumps in the officer’s cruiser.”
Muterspaw said Glassburn drew his gun when the Taser was ineffective, but Cooper jumped in the cruiser and Glassburn re-holstered his gun. No shots were fired.
As Cooper drove the stolen cruiser up Bavarian Drive, Office Ryan Morgan was traveling toward the call as backup.
“The suspect is going at a high rate of speed and he swerves intentionally to try to hit Officer Morgan’s cruiser,” Muterspaw said.
Morgan said all he saw was a guy swerve at him, according to the Chief.
“He (Morgan) turned quickly. Both cars were damaged, one flipped,” Muterspaw said. “Our officers are OK, thank God.”
Muterspaw said detectives believe Cooper’s actions were intentional. He referred to the incident as an ambush on the part of Cooper.
The chief said the incident is still under investigation, but he believed the officers used “every level of force they were supposed to.”