Dramatic bodycam footage captures the moment a California motorcycle policeman fatally shoots a car theft suspect during a gun fight on a Fremont freeway.
Footage posted by the Fresno Police Department on Twitter shows cop Brian Burch first discovering the stolen vehicle in a mall parking lot on March 24 and slowly following the SUV as the cop’s backup arrives.
The suspect, identified by police as 34-year-old Joshua James Gloria, then withdrew from the property to I-84 with Burch in pursuit.
The stolen vehicle had a flat rear tire that forced Gloria to stop. The suspect gets out of the vehicle and shoots the policeman, who jumps off his motorcycle while crouching behind an embankment as a shelter, as the video shows.
“Oh, s – t!” Burch, a six-year police department veteran, overhears him screaming as he takes cover. “Shots Fired! Shots Fired! Shots Fired!”
Gloria is then seen on the officer’s motorcycle, which police say was armed with an AR-15 rifle issued by the department, and returns fire.
Gloria then tries to get back to the stolen car when he is hit by a bullet and falls to the ground.
“Suspect,” says the policeman.
“T8, are you hit?” asks the dispatcher, referring to the policeman.
“Negative,” says Burch.
Gloria was pronounced dead at the scene.
The California Highway Patrol said in a press release that the stolen vehicle driven by Gloria of Oakland was wanted in an armed robbery in the area.
According to KPIX-TV, the police later learned that Gloria was wanted for an attempted murder because of previous shots at an illegal gambling den.