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TPD: Pursuit ends in wreck near 84th, Sheridan Road

Posted at 12:40 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 20:20:56-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police say officers were called out to an armed robbery at a home on 6500 S. New Haven around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers say two robbery suspects made off with an unknown amount of items.

After getting a description of the two robbery suspects, Tulsa police officers found the armed-robbery vehicle and a short pursuit ensued.

The armed-robbery suspect driving the car crashed with another car between 84th and Sheridan Road.

There were two people in the car the armed-robbery suspects hit.

Officers say no one sustained "life-threatening" injuries.

The two armed-robbery suspects were taken into custody.

Police say that aside from traffic stops, car chases are the most dangerous activity they participate in, which is why when officers decide to chase after a suspect it’s multiple people who need to say they are making the right call.

The “okay” to chase goes through multiple chains of command, because the decision to engage in a pursuit depends on multiple factors like the weather, road conditions, traffic flow, and how big a threat the person or people in the car is.

Police say that the threat factor of the suspects today is what gave officers the green light to chase.

“They did commit a home invasion and they could have been on the way to commit another one, they were a danger, and we already know they were being violent so these are the ones we want to continue to pursue and get them arrested and take them to jail," said Tulsa Police Officer Danny Bean.

Officer Bean added that as another policy, they have a pursuit review board that will look at car chase video to make decisions for future situations.

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