VIDEO: Officer Fires Through Windshield From Hood Of Car As It Rams Him

Bradley Blackshire drove the vehicle into Little Rock Officer Charles Starks during a traffic stop in February.

Little Rock, AR – Dashcam footage captured the moment that a Little Rock police officer opened fire on an armed suspect from the hood of the suspect’s stolen car, after the man drove into him during a traffic stop (video below).

The fatal encounter occurred after Little Rock Officer Charles Starks spotted 30-year-old Bradley Blackshire driving a stolen vehicle in the area of Rodney Parham Road and West 12th Street on Feb. 22, KATV reported.

Blackshire backed into a parking place in a nearby lot, at which point Officer Starks drove up in his marked patrol vehicle with his lights activated, according to the Associated Press.

The officer drew his weapon, approached Blackshire’s driver’s side window, and ordered him to show his hands.

He then ordered Blackshire to get out of the vehicle multiple times, bodycam footage showed.

“What did I do?” Blackshire asked, refusing to get out of the car. “What are you going to shoot me for?”

“Get out of the car!” Officer Starks said repeatedly.

“No,” the suspect responded, just before he started driving the stolen vehicle towards the officer.

Officer Starks moved backwards and continued to issue commands, but Blackshire proceeded to drive into him.

The officer fired several rounds, at which point the car continued to move forwards, knocking Officer Starks onto the hood.

The officer fired multiple rounds at the driver through the windshield as the car carried him across the parking lot.

A second patrol car then pulled up, and collided with the passenger side of the stolen vehicle.

Officer Starks tumbled from the hood, and both officers converged on the driver.

“Put your f--king hands up!” the second officer ordered repeatedly.

But Blackshire accelerated again, sending the vehicle into a grassy area at the far end of the lot, where it crashed into something off-camera and came to rest near a tree.

“Hey, can I jump out?” a female passenger in the suspect vehicle asked the officers.

The woman climbed out of the passenger side window, then said something to one of the officers.

“She said he’s got a gun!” Officer Starks yelled out.

The officers repeatedly ordered Blackshire to show his hands and radioed for an ambulance.

Blackshire died at the scene, Little Rock Interim Police Chief Wayne Bewley said, according to the Associated Press.

Officer Starks suffered an injury to his right leg, and the female passenger in the stolen car was uninjured.

According to KATV, Officer Starks has been placed on administrative leave, and was required to hand over his gun and badge.

The initial criminal investigation has been forwarded to prosecutors so they can determine whether or not charges will be filed, Chief Bewley said, according to the Associated Press.

An internal investigation into the officers’ use of force is ongoing.

According to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also looking into the officer-involved shooting on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Omavi Shakur, an attorney for Blackshire’s family, has denounced the agency’s account of what occurred, and said that there was no evidence that Blackshire was aware he was driving a stolen car, KATV reported.

Shakur has asked the Arkansas State Police to open an independent investigation into the shooting.

The Little Rock Fraternal Order of Police (LRFOP) is standing behind the city’s officers, and released a statement addressing the police force on Thursday, KATV reported.

"We know that you put your lives on the line every day you go to work," the union said. "We know that Monday morning quarterbacks and Facebook experts will second guess your split-second decisions sitting on a couch with a phone or a computer. You have the same constitutional rights as every citizen and we will make sure you are afforded due process."

You can watch a shorter version of the department’s 25-minute video release in the link below:

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dcoskrey
dcoskrey

I support the police 110%. But that video seems to show something completely different than a bad guy "ramming" a police officer. He slowly rolled forward and the officer was already beside the car, and could have simply stepped aside. He chose to step in front of the car. I'm assuming killing a person, even a scumbag criminal, should be an absolute last resort. Seems like there were other options.

MasonCarter
MasonCarter

Think Queen

Dum dum dum...another thug bites the dust! And another one down and another one down....another thug bites the dust!

Fuckin POS. Was asked 57 fuckin times get out of the car. Did he obey a simple command? Nope. Why you ask? Because he STOLE THE CAR. He didn’t wanna go to jail. He stepped on the gas w the Officer in front of him, WEAPON DRAWN.

Play stupid games/win stupid prizes. 🤷🏼‍♂️

DK9162
DK9162

Doesn’t matter if POS knew the vehicle was stolen or not. He refused to follow orders causing the situation to escalate.

edgar44
edgar44

Shakur......Foreigh natitonal or adopted Muslim/Arabic name?........ Just might be productive to check him out.

Judicialenforcement1
Judicialenforcement1

It is ridiculous for an officer to have to shout the same command that many times. Folks, an officer Telling you to put your life hand up is not going away! It will not end good!

Lawmanid53
Lawmanid53

Using the deadly force of a moving vehicle was more than justified use of deadly force by the officer. Job well done brother!

Da$
Da$

A vehicle is a HUGE DEADLY WEAPON! Justified shooting... PERIOD!

CA27251
CA27251

If police stop you and give you an order you obey it. Doesn't matter if you know why you were stopped or not. What a waste of time and money to have the jerk's atty call of an additional investigation by State Police -- the evidence is already there on the cameras!

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

I agree with most of the facts people are pointing out: he should have followed orders, vehicle is a deadly weapon, officer shouldn't have to repeat commands 57 times, he was a scumbag criminal car thief, etc. All true facts. But if you OBJECTIVELY watch the video, the bad guy did not seem like he was trying to run the officer down. He rolled forward, the officer was to the side and clearly started shooting well before he even stepped in front of the car … which also seems not smart. I am not a police officer or an expert of any kind. I have no sympathy for criminal thugs. But I have eyes and common sense. It seems like there could have been other options besides killing the guy. Unless he was aiming a weapon at the officer or was on the FBI most wanted list and they couldn't let him get away, or something.

Lamont Cranston
Lamont Cranston

GOOD job with the first officer, second Ofcr took a long time to get involved...

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

Why was the officer required to give his badge and gun to them, he wasn't fired he should have been able to keep both, liberal people trying to tell us we have no rights as a leo

Sargejh
Sargejh

Ok. This might not be a popular opinion. But in what academy is it taught to put one’s self in front of a moving vehicle. It looked to me like the officer had opportunity to extricate himself from the side of the car. Instead, he moves toward, then in front of and into the hood. In my 36 years experience and as an EVOC instructor, we taught to let the car go and give chase or call it in. According to the story, the guy was only wanted for car theft. I’m afraid this officer is going to be in trouble before this is over.

TheBard
TheBard

Play stupid games, get stupid prizes. Cop says get out, you get out. you move to run that cop has the right to shoot. good on to that officer. should have shot him sooner.

SantaC
SantaC

I represent the officer. He didn’t step in front of the car. The driver turned into him. Look at end of the video. The officer was trying to get back to his unit for cover. There was no other cover available. He had a concern there was a gun and any other direction would a background of citizens.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Once again...this asshat would be alive today if he had just obeyed the demands. It is not rocket science. So starts another ghetto lottery.🤔

slo1942
slo1942

One less SHIT HEAD breathing our fresh air !!!!!!!!!!

jobaum
jobaum

And his family all ready has a attorney and is ready to sue....he is an upstanding citizen who did nothing wrong and did not deserve this!!!! WOW....Black lives do matter especially for criminals that are guiltier than SHIT and yet their black families are ready to scream racist and innocent....AMAZING HOW SOCIETY HAS COME TO ALLOW THIS ACTION!!!!!! Sometimes you have to take responsibility for your actions people!!!!!!!!

firenw
firenw

The most ”objective” thing you could and should do when you have a cop pointing a gun at you shouting “get out of the car”, is putting the car in park, stepping out of the vehicle with your hands up, don’t make any sudden movements and wait for the investigation to be done. This is common sense, let’s stop making excuses for people like these

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

But he was such a good boy/son..bet his record is a mile long but as usual the family sees $$$..

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Investigation into the officers use of force?? They got to be joking. That lunatic was trying to run the officer down. Family hoping to get some easy $$$.

No. 26-40
Gooby
Gooby

You know what I find funny they always want to Sue the police for defending their lives or upholding the law Why don't the criminals Sue each other when they murder each other in the streets Put a lawsuit against that family

Lone Owl
Lone Owl

There seems to be a segment of society that doesn't seem to grasp the concept that to remain healthy and uninjuried, following the commands of a Law Enforcement Officer and NOT resisting arrest is VERY important.

Of course, we'll now find out from the family, and those who were closest to Mr. Blackshire, that he was "turning his life around", and was on his way to church, where Mr. Blackshire was studying to be a minister, changed the life of over 42,000 underprivileged gang members in his town, and donated heavily to the Girl Scouts. (In other words, he's got a 'jacket' that's thicker than your forearm.)

<sigh> Another young man, on the Right Track, so undeservedly taken from this Earth by a violent and Racist PoPo. 😔 <sarcasm>

(Kinda looks like this dude's head didn't 'return to it's natural shape' after emerging from his mama's birth canal, doesn't it?)

gclifton111
gclifton111

And our hero's the FBI enjoying another backhand assault on a cop. They can't find time to look in Hillary's stuff, but they sure as hell have time for a cop who could easily been killed by a fleeing felon.

CopsRthugs
CopsRthugs

This is murder, you don't lay on a car then claim self defense, good thing we have lawyers to run circles around these stupid cops

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Bradley Blackshire who shows us "look at how its done" ..

..and became Buried Bradley Blackshire. .......who lived and died by the gun.