Dash cam video: Suspects almost hit police officer in dangerous getaway

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dramatic video shows the moment an undercover police officer was almost run over by a car.

The action was captured on a police car dash cam in the parking lot of Academy Sports in Cool Springs around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Franklin police say they were watching for two young women wanted for shoplifting and fleeing security at a nearby mall.

(Courtesy: Franklin Police Department)

As they tried to drive away an undercover officer had to dive out of the way to avoid getting hit.

“Watching the video was the sober reminder of how close it was, how badly it could have turned very quickly,” The Franklin officer told News 2. He asked us not to reveal his identity.

He says he was targeted, the vehicle coming within inches of hitting him at a high rate of speed.

“It just shows disregard for human life you know, we are just out here trying to protect our community and it’s a scary situation.”

Police say the girls were desperate to get-away, hitting 4 police cars, intentionally trying to hit one of their officers and putting the community at risk.

“They hit not one, not two, not three, but 4 cars you know. Forward and reverse, forward and reverse, multiple strikes on our police cars and then almost hit this officer, finally pushed one of the cars out of the way that was blocking them in and got away,”  said Lt. Charles Warner. “They continued a very reckless flight until they were able to get on the interstate and out of site,”

Police need the public’s help to get the suspects off of the streets.

“If they pose this kind of danger to our officers there’s no telling what kind of danger that they could pose to the public,” said Lt. Warner.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to their identification and capture. Anyone with information should call Franklin Crime Stoppers: 615-794-4000