We have seen a number of police chases over the years, however, a recent one involving the Oklahoma State Police (OHP) caught our attention. Earlier this month, OHP troopers were involved in a high-speed chase with a robbery suspect behind the wheel of a new Jeep® Grand Wagoneer.
On April 2nd, OHP was contacted by Sedona Police in Arizona to be on the lookout for a vehicle driven by Charles Carswell, a 32-year-old armed robbery suspect. OHP troopers spotted the vehicle in Canadian County, just west of Oklahoma City. When troopers attempted a traffic stop, Carswell fled, engaging in the pursuit.
As the pursuit moved to the Kilpatrick Turnpike, Carswell began shooting at troopers through the rear window of his Grand Wagoneer. The dashcam of OHP Trooper Brack Miller, following close behind Carswell, shows several bullets flying through the windshield of Miller’s Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol car.
Trooper Miller attempted several unsuccessful attempts to perform a Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI), also known as a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT maneuver), on Carswell’s Grand Wagoneer. Luckily, troopers were able to stop the Grand Wagoneer as it entered the Turner Turnpike, just north of Oklahoma City.
According to reports, Carswell exited the vehicle, grabbed an AK-47 rifle, and barricaded himself behind the vehicle as continued to fire upon law enforcement. The OHP Tactical Team arrived on the scene and engaged Carswell, ultimately killing him.
The Oklahoma City Police Department, as well as the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, assisted with the incident.
The troopers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative duties pending the conclusion of the investigation.
The dashcam footage shows just how fearless Trooper Miller was, as he continued close pursuit of Carswell while being shot at.