A new report explains why a Raleigh police officer fired at a suspect earlier this week, but does not explain why 18 patrol vehicles chased after him.
Raleigh police submitted a report to City Manager Ruffin Hall Friday following the shooting and chase that occurred Monday.
Investigators said the chase ended around 4:45 p.m. Monday when the suspect, later identified by as Ronie Demitri Hyman, crashed a stolen vehicle near Western Boulevard’s intersection with Varsity Drive.
Police reports indicate Hyman stole a 2011 GMC Terrain from the 1000 block of North King Charles Road. Warrants for Hyman’s arrest said officers spotted the vehicle and followed on a highway, Raleigh Boulevard, Rock Quarry Road, and Western Boulevard. The SUV collided with a sedan during the chase.
The new report says Sgt. S.A. Brown saw the vehicle near traveling near Poole Road. He asked for help. Another officer, J.C. Vucich, was nearby and came to assist.
The SUV stopped near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Merrywood Drive.
Once Vucich arrived at that location, Brown “activated his blue lights and got out of his vehicle.”
When Vucich got out of his car to join him, the report said, “…Mr. Hyman turned his wheels to the left, accelerated rapidly, directly toward Officer Vucich. Officer Vucich, believing that Mr. Hyman was attempting to strike him with the vehicle, quickly backed away from the rapidly advancing vehicle, drew his weapon and fired two shots at the vehicle.”
Nobody got shot.
“From the time that Officer Vucich arrived on the scene to the time he fired his weapon was approximately three seconds,” the report reads.
Vucich used his radio to say that shots had been fired. The pursuit began after that, eventually involving 18 police vehicles, which can be seen in video shared with CBS 17.
Raleigh’s policy states that “No more than two police vehicles (a primary unit and a secondary unit) shall become actively involved in a pursuit, unless otherwise specifically directed by the supervisor assigned to direct the pursuit.”
Police have not responded to questions about why so many vehicles were involved in Monday’s pursuit. The report released Friday does not address that either. A city spokesman said the police department’s internal affairs unit is investigating.
The report notes that Vucich had a body camera turned on as well as a dashboard camera turned on during the incident. Police said they’ll ask a judge for permission to release that video to the public.
Click here to read the full report.