On April 5, 2012, when an Austin police officer stopped 35-year-old Ahmede Bradley for having music blaring from his car, Bradley bolted and ran. So junior officer Eric Copeland did what police officers often do: he took off after him, on foot, through an East Austin neighborhood.
When Copeland caught up to Bradley, the chase turned into a fight. Copeland said Bradley tried to choke him with his police radio cord as he also reached for the officer’s gun. Their scuffle came to an abrupt end when Copeland fired three rounds into Bradley’s chest.
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Foot pursuits and injuries
Austin police chases and related injuries to officers and suspects for the 12 months ending July 31 of each year listed.
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Tony Plohetski, a member of the investigative teams of the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE News, has covered law enforcement and criminal justice since 2002. Recently, he obtained confidential details about a high-profile police shooting in July and has written about the outcomes of DWI cases involving blood draws and about Travis County constables serving warrants for towns in other counties.
Fatal foot chases
Several Austin police foot chases in recent years ended with fatal police shootings.
Nov. 6, 2008
Officer Will Ray fatally shot Adan Mondragon following a botched home invasion after Ray ran after Mondragon. Mondragon, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, fired an AK-47 assault rifle at Ray.
Howard Hanh Huynh
Nov. 2, 2010
Officer Will Ray fatally shot Huynh after police said Huynh killed his roommate, shot and wounded a neighbor and fired on police as they tried to capture him.
Dec. 23, 2010
Pierce, a 35-year-old once charged in the notorious Austin yogurt shop slayings, fled from officer Frank Wilson after he was stopped for running a stop sign. Pierce stabbed Wilson before Wilson fatally shot Pierce.
April 5, 2012
Officer Eric Copeland shot and killed Bradley after a traffic stop for loud music quickly escalated. Copeland fired during a fight in which officials said Bradley tried to choke Copeland with his radio cord.
Larry Eugene Jackson
July 26, 2013
Detective Charles Kleinert, at a Central Austin bank investigating a robbery, pursued Jackson after Jackson tried to enter a closed bank. Police have said they think Jackson was attempting to pass a forged check.