Coolidge Cop Shoots Suspect's Wheel During Chase, Bullet Ricochets and Hits Another Cop in the Face

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Korrin Harmon
A Coolidge police officer took an extremely unlucky shot Saturday night, as he tried to shoot out a car tire during a chase, but that bullet ricocheted of the wheel and hit another officer in the face.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, Coolidge police initially tried to pull over 34-year-old Korrin Harmon for speeding in his station wagon around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Harmon pulled over at a place called "Bob's Service Station," and an officer went to talk to Harmon about the speeding, but Harmon took off, and started driving through a field, according to information provided by PCSO.

Eventually, Harmon pulled over again and let out his three passengers. The officer who first tried to pull over Harmon detained the three passengers, while Harmon sped off again.

Several Coolidge cops started getting close to Harmon a short time later, and Harmon turned off, hitting a residential gas meter, and got lodged in a six-foot chain-link fence.

Even after this, Harmon tried to keep going, according to the Sheriff's Office.

At that time, one of the Coolidge officers tried to shoot out one of Harmon's tires to keep him from continuing the chase, and his bullet rebounded off the metal rim, and hit another officer in the cheek. According to PCSO, the injury was minor, and the officer has been released from the hospital.

Harmon surrendered after the shot was fired.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Harmon's already on parole, and admitted that he "has always ran from the police since he was age 15."

PCSO says Harmon was booked on "numerous counts" of aggravated assault and endangerment.

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robert_graham
robert_graham

The suspect should have been shot in his head. I didn't think his kind is allowed in Coolidge.

thecrud
thecrud

Cop thought he was in a TV movie or something.

Quick shoot out the tires hes getting away.

roflmao

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Want to now why our health care costs are so high? This officer was airlifted by helicoptor to a hospital for treatment.  I think that our law enforcement officers should get the very best care when wounded in the line of duty, but come on - a $10,000 - $12,000 helicoptor ride to transport to the hospital for a handful of stitches and released that evening.  That type of waste is a primary driver of modern heatlh care costs.

valleynative
valleynative

I guess I should also point out that bullets hitting a modern auto body don't ricochet.  They go through it like it was aluminum foil.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

Ive been wondering why there are so many hood-rat black people in the Coolidge/Florence/Eloy area... Can anyone fill me in? As a rural area in Arizona, it seems like the last place that poor black people would congregate

valleynative
valleynative

I would assume that the officer considered that the car was in a field and decided that the chance of ricochet damage was minimal.  What hit the officer was probably just a fragment of the copper jacket.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

This is an odd story. Police training generally includes telling officers to NEVER shoot at tires, Most times the projectile bounces off the tire (due to angle of attack) or it either hits the wheel or body of the vehicle and ricochets, or it misses completely and hits something on the other side. I'm glad no serious injury occurred.

heather.vicha
heather.vicha

@JoeArpaioFan You really think he deserved to die for speeding and refusing to pull over?  A little extreme, don't you think?  

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@valleynative  when you hit something at an angle it can and most likely will ricochet. it works like skipping a rock on water, unless the officer was along side him for a straight in shot (which can still ricochet). if the officer was along side him the proper response would have been the non-lethal alternative of a PIT maneuver. gun safety is not something you hang up just because you are in a field. I am not trying to dig into the officer, he made a mistake and at least nobody was killed. lots of people make mistakes, and as in this case........people can get hurt when mistakes are made. the only thing is, is this a mistake that can be prevented from occurring again? i feel bad for the cop who got shot and i also feel bad for the cop who has to go on knowing his mistake COULD have ended up worse, but we learn from our mistakes. i commend them for stopping this guy, i just hope they take a lesson out of this mistake. if they do, it will make the one who slipped up a better cop

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins it looks great on TV or in the movies..........reality however is a different story

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