VIDEO: Cop Punches Armed Carjacker, Some People Have A Problem With This

Police spotted a felon wanted for an armed carjacking in the stolen vehicle and captured him on Sunday.

Pueblo, CO – Police arrested a wanted felon after a chase through a residential neighborhood on Sunday. Video on social has prompted critical responses as well as praise (video below).

Pueblo police told KKTV that 19-year-old Brian Purcella was wanted for an armed carjacking that took place on Dec. 7 when police spotted him in that stolen vehicle at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Officers attempted to stop the stolen vehicle near Norwood and East 12th Street, but the driver fled, leading police on a chase for about seven blocks.

At that point, police said Purcella jumped out of the stolen vehicle with a gun in his hand and took off running, KKTV reported. Two other teenage suspects fled from the stolen vehicle, too.

Neighbors watched as police chased the suspect through yards and across streets before Purcella ran into a parked vehicle.

A witness captured the last seconds of the chase and Purcella’s arrest on cell phone video.

The video showed that a split second after Purcella slammed into the hood of a parked truck, officers tackled him to the ground and recovered his weapon.

Purcella violently resisted arrest and one of the officers delivered several blows to the suspect during the struggle.

The video showed it took multiple officers to bring Purcella under control, take away his handgun, and eventually put him in handcuffs.

In the video, the officer who got Purcella’s gun can be seen holding it out to the side, away from the struggle.

Police said the weapon recovered during the incident turned out to be a stolen handgun, KKTV reported.

Some people were quick to criticize the arrest on social media, questioning the officers’ tactics in taking the suspect down.

“The thing that you have to realize is at one time this was an armed suspect with a firearm that had just carjacked somebody,” Pueblo Police Sergeant Franklyn Ortega told KOAA.

“When the suspect driver left the vehicle he had a handgun in his hand and officers arrested him,” Sgt. Ortega explained.

The sergeant said the incident was under investigation and that the officers’ tactics would be reviewed as part of that process.

KOAA reported that court documents revealed Pueblo Police Officer Clay Klipfel thought Purcella was still holding the gun that another officer had just taken away from him when he delivered “closed fist strikes to Brian’s head and upper body while giving him loud verbal commands to stop resisting…”

Purcella was ultimately arrested and is being held at the Pueblo County Jail.

Police also arrested one of the teenagers who fled the stolen vehicle, and that suspect – a juvenile - also remained in custody.

The juvenile had an outstanding warrant for burglary, KKTV reported.

Officers also caught the third suspect; however, that person was not charged.

Police believe that the suspects they arrested are connected to a string of unsolved crimes in the area, KKTV reported.

Watch video of the arrest below:

Comments (23)
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JBo
JBo

Makes me yearn for the days of yesteryear when saps and convoys were standard issue.

burgerallday
burgerallday

Headline and story should be "Police arrest armed suspect without using deadly force." But that wouldn't play into the media propaganda.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Should have killed him and put an end to all the future crimes this pos is going to commit. Let’s hope his life ends before he takes someone else’s while he is going another crime.

Katarina
Katarina

Lets have the sorry critics take an armed man into custody and see how they perform. The only thing these fools use their heads for is a hat rack.

Ethananddrewsnana
Ethananddrewsnana

good for the officer. they have to fight back somehow because these punks are carrying weapons and everything else. And they don't care who they hurt. so good job officer good job.

angeleyes
angeleyes

department policies might need to be updated. hmmm let me see what that means, black thug carrying weapon, committed crimes... don't hurt him, don't arrest him just let him stay free to prey on the public. smh stay strong, stay safe.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Hey you asshats in social media do you have a record? Why don’t you ask the victims give a shit if that felon who is pointing a gun and them really cares if he gets tunned up.. policy update huh? Like learning to speak Spanish excuse 25% of the community now is illegals? They have new elected officials from the east and west coast running the place.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

I guess the critics would not have had a problem if the suspect had shot an officer instead.

Stanracer
Stanracer

As usual, people want the police to do their job. They just don't don't like to see it being done. GO BLUE!👍

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

I'd like to see how these bleeding heart Liberals would handle these criminals they whine about. Liberals loose it just by name calling. I'd wonder how they would act to being spat at, kicked, punched, life being threatened, disrespected, cursed at and that's also including the cop hating public as well day after day. I believe if a liberal anti cop individual had to respond to a call like one of those that they defend the criminal on as soon as the confrontation started the lib would fall to the ground in tears. The criminal wold then get away and hopefully not kill the lib first. O yes i forgot the Liberal can't a gun to protect themselves because they are anti gun.

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Little jackass could have been shot. Maybe should have been shot. Maybe the media and libtards should be glad all he got was punched.

LEO030
LEO030

Too bad there wasn't a video of this scrote when he carjacked some poor helpless victim. And I wonder if the victim of that carjacking gives a shit that the police punched the suspect rather than putting a bullet in him. I suspect not....

So we have a carjacking, armed felon with a stolen gun leading the police on a high speed chase through a residential neighborhood and all some people care about is the suspect getting punched a few times. SMH

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

hopefully there will be charges against the person who did not secure her gun. her recklessness put police lives in danger.

Bacon_BMW
Bacon_BMW

So he just got punched after he almost killed himself, civilians, and the cops that were chasing him, and people still find issue with it? Not surprising, but really?

Jimcsi
Jimcsi

When he came out of the vehicle with a gun in his hand he was a threat to other people and could have been shot. He was lucky.

Classified 1234
Classified 1234

I guess if they were the ine that got carjacked they would feel differently everyone's a critic

Classified 1234
Classified 1234

Sounds like a good day at the office they got the bad guy and the good guys went home

motor5345
motor5345

Let the F--king snowflake go, gezzz he only had a gun and committed an armed car jacking and gezz he is a JV. Really people, who gives a carp that some of these liberal asswipes are upset. All the Officers went home at the end of shift and no citizens were injured.