VIDEO: Officer Arrested For Shooting Carjacker

A police officer was arrested for shooting a carjacker in a drive-thru lane.

​Little Rock, AR – A Little Rock Police officer was charged with third-degree battery on Jan. 22, after he shot and injured a carjacker who assaulted a woman while stealing her car, and was attempting to speed off through a populated shopping area in July of 2017 (video below.)

Dashcam and store surveillance footage captured much of the incident, as well as the foot pursuit that preceded the shooting.

Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) officers responded to a report of a shoplifter at a Home Depot store at approximately 1:15 p.m. on July 19.

They arrested the suspect, 22-year-old Rudy Avila, the Arkansas Times reported.

As officers were leading Avila out of the store, he managed to break free, and fled from police on foot with his hands cuffed behind him.

The video showed Avila as he ran past patrol cars in front of the Home Depot, and a pursuing officer noted on his radio that the suspect had slipped out of his handcuffs as they were running.

The foot pursuit continued to a nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant, where Avila attacked a woman in the drive-thru line, and forced her out of her Chevrolet Malibu.

As Avila jumped into the driver’s seat of the woman’s car, LRPD Officer Ralph Breshears appeared at the passenger side window, and ordered the suspect out of the vehicle.

Avila refused, and began to drive away. That’s when Officer Breshears fired three shots.

The carjacker was hit in the arm, but continued to drive away until a Good Samaritan crashed his own Jeep Wrangler into the fleeing car to stop it, KATV reported.

Avila was taken into custody, and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

LRPD launched an internal investigation and determined that the officer violated the policy stating "discharging firearms at a moving or fleeing vehicle is prohibited, unless it is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious physical injury to the officer or another person."

That policy also required officers to flee from the path of moving vehicles rather than fire at a vehicle.

According to the Arkansas Times, the findings of the internal investigation were sent to the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on Oct. 20, 2017.

After the investigation, Officer Breshears, 55, retired in December of 2017. He had served with the department for 26 years.

On Monday, the LRPD said that the Pulaski County prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for the retired officer.

An arrest affidavit claimed that Officer Breshears was “at no point ... in any danger of being run over by the vehicle,” and that he placed the female victim “in harm’s way” when he fired at the fleeing suspect, the Arkansas Times reported.

Officer Breshears was booked into jail on the warrant, and released on bond, KTHV reported.

Avila was initially charged with criminal attempt to commit capital murder, but that charge was dropped when the case was moved from Little Rock District Court to Pulaski County Circuit Court on Jan. 9, KATV reported.

He still faces charges of robbery, fleeing, third-degree escape, and theft of property. Avila was also being held on an unrelated habitual offender case involving residential burglary and theft of property.

Watch dashcam and surveillance video of the incident below:

Comments (49)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Incredible! Not too many years ago this officer would have been praised for his heroics, but not anymore. If I was an officer in todays political climate brought on by the Obama administration, I would avoid all getting involved in situations like this one. Just let the bad guy go, it's not worth losing your job or going to jail.

gfc1963
gfc1963

How is this right? The cop used his gun tio stop the scumbag from crashing into an innocents car (and if it was not for the good samaritan, he probably would have) and he gets arrested?? The criminals must be loving this.

cclaxton
cclaxton

I can't breath.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal pukes are ruining policing!

Rkidsrcops
Rkidsrcops

Once again our legal system is a joke. If it was the prosecutors mistress it would ha e been justified. The people of this country are going to get tired of this and take the law in their own hands. What a fucking joke

Jmo
Jmo

More idiot politicians I'm beginning to think maybe us law abiding citizens should move to another country it is getting way too out of hand as of late the criminals have all the rights and we are paying dearly for it.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Good. The cop didn't need his gun to stop this guy. Somehow the guy with the jeep's common sense was much more effective.

run2net
run2net

Libtard politicians.

Hmbfoxtail
Hmbfoxtail

Can someone tell me how I can find responses to a post I made. For some reason I just can not find them, I don't want to be rude to my fellow offers by not responding.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

EVERY COP IN ARKANSAS SHOULD QUIT! Let Bill Clinton go protect the filth living there. JUST ANOTHER SHIT HOLE!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

It would have been much better if the girl in the Malibu had her own gun and smoked that clown, since no one would question that. That's why its a good idea maintain your 2nd Amendment right.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

I can’t believe that our justice system allows this kind of crap! I am glad I’m retired. I really feel sorry for the men and women behind the badge. Between the judges and prosecutors that want to charge and send officers to prison. It’s unbelievable!!

PositiveThoughts
PositiveThoughts

Good. We need more of this , The Cop was wrong and caused unnecessary danger toward innocent bystanders. He was stupid enough to lose custody of a suspect, and then his ego says stop by any means?!?!?! He should have gotten a more server sentence just for being incompetent.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

You Armchair QB obviously overdosed on estrogen, may you be pistol whipped and car jacked and when police see you drive by bleeding with a gun to your head , hopefully a by the book supervisor orders his officers to let your abductor pass by "unmolested."

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

You obviously have never done the job. Watching cop shows has been your extent of exposure to a situation like this. Besides that, you can't even spell or use the English language appropriately...

rpv-ak
rpv-ak

This is certainly a situation gone sideways. Carjacking as a violent act, deserves an appropriate act of force to prevent or stop it. Ok, department policy causes a forced retirement. But attempted murder charges? What nonsense is that? All this does is send the message, there are no real consequences if a felon commits a violent act against Little Rock citizens.

Kno yourRole
Kno yourRole

By shooting him, he probably saved more life than if he did not....The Carjacker could have hurt/killed more by escaping and driving recklessly...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Kno yourRole but the cop didn't stop him. The smart citizen did.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LetGodSortItOut well, I drive stick. Driving a manual is one of the biggest deterrents to carjacking.

I think I'm good, thanks for your concern though.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Obama hasn't been in office for a while now. Let it go.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Unfortunately we are still suffering the consequences of the Obama administration. Everyday on the news we hear about how corrupt his administration was.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 no we dont. We are, however, bombarded by the utter incompetence of a game show host trying to run a country.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm not sure what you could be talking about, things have never been better. For once, the POTUS is making common sense decisions on how to run this country. Such a nice change of pace from the previous idiot pretending to be president.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 well, the "previous idiot" did lead us out of both a housing and banking crisis, decreased unemployment to record levels, allowed the business of marriage to transpire between two consenting adults no matter the gender, and killed Osama Bin Laden.

He also deported many illegal citizens, if that make you happy.

Trump is in office, and much of the world laughs at us. We hired a TV star to run our country. A multi-millionaire who somehow tricked poor white people into believing he knows their struggle. A serial adulterer who somehow fooled Christians into thinking he was God-fearing. Putin's tag team partner fooled nationalists into thinking he was all-in for America. He also fooled "patriots" into thinking he was one as well, even though he doesn't know the National Anthem.

Then again, I guess he is pretty American. His diet consists of Diet Coke, Mcdonalds, and KFC.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 he's also a draft-dodger. Don't forget that.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 he campaigned on getting rid of illegals because they're taking American jobs, yet employs illegals at his golf courses. That's who is currently running the country.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Ahahahaha I previously cited an article that proved it was decisions made by the Bush administration that pulled us out of the housing and banking crisis. Obama had nothing to do with it. I'm not sure I would brag about allowing same sex couple to marry. Personally I don't care what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home but when Obama lit up the White House with the colors of the rainbow he embarrassed this country in the eyes of the world. Obama didn't kill anyone, it was accomplished by the Navy Seals. There is a list of things Obama did that was an embarrassment. Like sending three WH reps to the funeral of a robber who tried to kill a police officer. Like using race to divide the country. Like allowing the FBI and DOJ to conduct illegal surveillance. Like allowing the FBI to fool the American public into believing Hillary Clinton didn't violate the law. I could go on, but I'm sure you get the picture.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 so by your logic that Bush put things in place to recover from the housing crisis that manifested during Obama's tenure (I agree, by the way),you would also agree that the low unemployment rate is from Obama's policies in which the unemployment rate continuously trickled down to its low levels, including what Trump claims, 1 year into his tenure.

Correct?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 oh, and Seals did kill Bin Laden, under their Commander-in-Chief's orders.

I'm not sure how it works in the police, but in the military, if the commander is accountable for the bad things that happen under his watch, he's also accountable for the good things under his watch.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 I wasn't bragging about gay couples getting married. If anything, I was bragging about giving the same legal and financial protections of marriage to all consenting adults.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you're "Christian," right? What is your stance on Trump sleeping with a porn star while his wife was recuperating from birthing their son, then using questionable funds to keep the porn star quiet?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 on unemployment, I don't see how you say "partially true." the rate is in steady decline since 2010. If Trump had absolutely no new policies in place, the Bureau of Labor Statistics graph would still show the trend to what it is today.

At best, any policy Trump enacted is ineffective. But hey, at least its not damaging.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 gay people "shouldn't be allowed" to be protected in the church, sure. Good thing there's separation between church and state, though.

Marriage is a business transaction. Blocking people from business transactions because of their sexual orientation is wrong.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn You must have heard that on TMZ of the Jimmy Fallon show.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 well, they did have sex, and he was married, and he did pay her to keep it quiet. The only thing in contention is whether he used his own money or political funds.

Given all of that, how does it sit with your Christian sensibilities?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 don't tap dance!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn I'm not tap dancing. Your proof of this liaison comes from a liberal media that spends their day looking for ways to attack Trump. Hardly an open and shut case. On the chance Trump had an affair that is something he will have to reconcile with his wife and God. I don't approve of people who cheat on their spouses just like I don't approve of politicians like Obama who lied and manipulated the truth to use the American people.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 well, the amount and time period paid to the porn star directly coincided with a Trump corporation "donating" that same amount to her, for services.

That coincidence should at least warrant a thorough investigation, no?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I mean, he's the president. If he could ever be under any kind of coercion or blackmail due to his actions, he and all parties should be thoroughly vetted to ensure he can continue his job unabated.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Having an affair is morally wrong but not illegal. There have been numerous past presidents who dipped the wick. Other than Clinton, who was investigated because he lied under oath, name another one who has been scrutinized to the level that Trump has.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 he's not being investigated for cheating. He did that. He's being investigated for possibly using political money to keep her quiet.

Trump is being scrutinized more than any other president because he is constantly embroiled in mostly self-made public scandal, and he's terrible at his job. About 70 percent of the country thinks so.

He's scrutinized about as much as Kim Kardashian is, because they're exactly the same. You and those that continue to defend him despite all the reasons in the world to criticize him are just as bad as Kardashian followers.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Trump has been the subject of a liberal witch hunt since he first declared he was running for president. No one took him seriously and they all said he would never be elected. Well, those who tired of the typical politician decided otherwise. The latest polls have Trump at about 40% (that's if you believe polls that gave Trump a 5% chance of winning the election). So what is it that you dislike about Trump? Is it the tweets he sends out or that he sometimes exaggerates the truth? Or is it his stance on immigration? I know that some people object to Trump wanting to follow the laws that are already on the books. Or how about the fact businesses are starting to invest in the states rather than taking their factories out of this country? Common, surely you can do better than the democrat talking points.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you keep making this a Democrat or Republican thing. As I've told you before, I don't care what party trump is in. There were a few viable Republicans I would have voted for over Clinton.

Trump doesn't belong in the white house because he's Trump, plain and simple. Mr. Kim Kardashian. And now, because he got elected, it opens the door for other celebrities to try and be president. Ridiculous.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you really should do some research about how many industries have left America since trump, vs how many have entered.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 since I know you won't research, here's a freebie from me. Bottom line, big companies are not afraid of Trump's "threats" of what will happen to them if they go overseas, because he's in on the action.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 do you have a MAGA hat? Check the tag. It was probably made in China.