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Trooper Harper – Troop D. Harper was friendly answered some Questions and after a quick google search he made a use of force decision after a chase that subdued a suic man without using his fireA.
Here’s the statement from The FHP. (Yes troopers always write tickets)
On June 4, 2020, Harper was notified of a reckless driver traveling southbound on Interstate 95. The vehicle was reported to be traveling in excess of 100 mph and unable to maintain lane control. Harper was able to identify the vehicle as it approached his location and initiated a traffic stop.
After notifying the subject his driver license was suspended, the subject fled the scene and Harper pursued crossing into Volusia County where the subject crashed, overturning on the grassy shoulder. Harper approached the vehicle to render assistance to the driver. Harper broke the glass of the vehicle with his agency issued window punch, sustaining minor cuts.
While attempting to assist the driver and remove him from the vehicle, he began reaching for something within the vehicle. Harper asked the driver several times what he was reaching for. He told Harper that he was reaching for a firearm and that he was going to kill him. Harper then drew his agency issued service weapon and retreated behind nearby construction signs to obtain concealment. The subject crawled out of the vehicle and Harper gave loud verbal commands advising him to stop. The subject ignored Harper’s commands and began approaching him.
Harper observed that the subject was not armed but appeared to be holding something light in color, possibly papers or a plastic bag. Harper transitioned from his service weapon to his Taser and gave commands for him to stop. As he continued to approach, ignoring commands, Harper deployed the first cartridge. One probe stuck the subject in his upper torso while the subject continued to advance in Harper’s direction. Harper toggled his taser over and deployed the second cartridge, connecting to the subject who fell onto the grass. Harper detained the subject and called for fire rescue to render aid. The subject later advised he was suicidal.
Harper is to be commended for his quick actions. Harper effectively utilized his training and experience to bring an end to a dangerous situation. Harper is a true asset to the Florida Highway Patrol, and he exemplifies what it is to be a Florida State Trooper