Pittsburgh tightens policy on firing at vehicles

Pittsburgh PD has prohibited officers from firing at or into a vehicle unless shots are being fired from the vehicle. This tightens a policy that was already restrictive but did allow officers to fire into a vehicle if the vehicle itself was being operated as a weapon that threatened the officer or others with serious bodily harm. The change seems to have been prompted by several recent officer-involved shootings in the city.



2 Responses to “Pittsburgh tightens policy on firing at vehicles”

  1. improvingpolice Says:

    I thought we put this one to rest in the 70s — no shooting at fleeing vehicles (often driven by teens). We probably need to do something about high-speed chases. Hard to beleive we have not made technology available to permit police to disable a fleeing motorvehicle. For other ruminations, follow my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com.

  2. Gary Cordner Says:

    I could be mistaken, but I think this refers more to the situation where the suspect car is being driven at the officers, or in some other way is being used as a weapon against others (as opposed to shooting at a fleeing vehicle).

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