Police foot chases happen more often in Austin than most people might guess — about twice a day, on average, or slightly more than 700 times a year. Some chases are justified by the violence of the crime or the threat posed to public safety. With other foot chases, the greater peril to suspect and officer alike might lie with the chase rather than the suspected crime.
Records obtained by Tony Plohetski of the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show Austin police officers ran after suspects 2,121 times over a three-year period from Aug. 1, 2010, through July 31, 2013. The chases regularly ended in injury to both suspects and officers. A few ended with suspects fatally shot by police.
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