Epic footage from a police car dash-cam shows the final moments of a high-speed chase of two murder suspects in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the video, Officer William Umana is seen pursuing the suspects, which he ends up stopping by shooting at them through his own windshield. Before firing his own weapon, the pair had fired upon Officer Umana a total of 34 times. Moments before the chase began, the two suspects, Fidel Miranda and Rene Nunez, allegedly fatally shot a man at a nearby carwash. The suspects fled from a traffic stop aimed at investigating the murder, which led the officers on a pursuit. In total, they fired at officers over 60 times, but none were wounded.
Once Officer Umana has the suspects’ SUV isolated off the highway and down a street, he begins firing upon them – through his own windshield. With one hand on the wheel and another on his gun, Umana fired a number of shots at the suspects’ SUV. The SUV, with its rear and back windows, shot out, stops and drifts toward the side of a building, as Umana pulls up to their side, unloading more rounds from his drivers-side window. The SUV crashes into that building, and one suspect (Nunez) bailed from the vehicle, while the driver (Miranda) was killed as he attempted to reverse towards officers.
Nunez ran from the vehicle and tried to hide on school grounds, before being caught and arrested. He faces a number of charges, including murder. He’s currently being treated for a gunshot wound.
Nunez has been convicted three times previously and also has been arrested on robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery and grand larceny auto charges. Miranda had previously been convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery and arrested for robbery, kidnapping, grand larceny auto, prohibited person in possession of a firearm and narcotics.
The officer received an outpouring of support across social media:
This cop is a superhero. Plain and simple. These unbelievably brave peace officers deal with scum like this every day of their lives. They are heroes every day they walk out their front doors on the way to work and the possibility of certain death. https://t.co/hsW4cINrPK
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 17, 2018
Yet, another reason to respect and support our brave law enforcement officers.https://t.co/ak2JN0GUFY
— jimBedravaTRUMP 100% (@panchimpanzee) July 17, 2018
So this is crazy…Wild video shows Las Vegas police pursuit, shootout with suspects https://t.co/WOYUJbUBwg …some might say the officer is irresponsible..I think this is a bold move and called for given the fact he was getting shot at.
— RTG (@RTG_CyberSec) July 17, 2018
Ever wonder if our police officers have a difficult job … WATCH THIS VIDEO TO THE END#BlueLivesMatter
Wild video shows Las Vegas police pursuit, shootout with suspectshttps://t.co/HF2UF4wHHf
— Old Italian guy who loves America (@IraHayes) July 17, 2018
The suspects names are Fidel Miranda, 23, and Rene Nunez, 30, shot 34 times @ the officers before the Las Vegas police officer took out his weapon. The gunshots struck multiple vehicles during the entire altercation. @ABC https://t.co/OsFcpgSC4R
— Christian Galvano (@ChrisGalvanoTV) July 17, 2018
The San Francisco Police Officer’s Association weighed in that the police in their city would be treated like the criminals had they done such a thing.
The SF police union wants to shoot at moving vehicles like this Las Vegas officer who opened fire through his windshield during a pursuit, but the "Police Commission won’t allow us to do that." https://t.co/JRedIL6WUf pic.twitter.com/dOXb5RIe8E
— Michael Barba (@mdbarba) July 17, 2018
And the sad part is, they’re probably right!
Officer Umana is a true hero and this video demonstrates the risks police officers across the country to protect the American public.