Dramatic dashcam footage has emerged of the moment a police officer rammed an armed suspect deliberately to stop a crime spree.
Mario Valencia is facing many charges including assault on a police officer and stealing a rifle from a supermarket.
He survived the crash and the police driver in Tuscon, Arizona, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
The video released Tuesday and now getting attention across the U.S. comes at a time of heightened tension over the use of force by police across the country.
Marana police sergeant Chris Warren said Valencia robbed a convenience store, broke into a church, invaded a home and stole a car. Valencia drove the stolen car to Marana, just north of Tucson, where he stole a rifle from a Wal-Mart.
The officer has been identified as Michael Rapiejko. Warren said Rapiejko was put on a standard administrative leave because the incident was considered use of force. The Pima County Attorney’s Office cleared Rapiejko of any wrongdoing and he is back on the force, Warren said.
Arizona Officer Rams Car Into Armed Suspect, Mario Valencia, Dash-Cam Footage Shows [VIDEO]
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