Bullets as a forcible entry tool? That was the choice a Boca Raton, Florida police officer made last night on I-95 near the Spanish River Boulevard overpass. Officer Jimmy Jalil Jr. pulled up to the scene of an SUV that crashed and caught fire around 8:00 PM. Other motorists, including a retired firefighter, were already trying to pull a woman trapped in the front passenger seat to safety. But they couldn’t get in. Here’s the rest of the story from WPEC-TV:
Jalil grabbed a fire extinguisher from his car’s trunk and gave it to a retired firefighter who stopped to help, said Mark Economou, Boca Raton police spokesman. The extinguisher was unable to douse the flames and it wouldn’t break the windows either.
Jalil ordered everyone back from the vehicle and told the trapped woman to move as far away from the window as possible. Jalil fired two shots into a rear passenger window to break it and used his baton to clear the glass from the window, pulling the woman’s limp body from the vehicle.
The woman, Brianna Motley, survived and is reported in fair condition. The driver was killed. Details on other possible victims wasn’t immediately available. Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
The Florida Highway Patrol identified David Mattheu, 31, as the Boynton Beach driver who was killed in the crash and said he was not wearing a seatbelt.
Mattheu lost control of the Trailblazer, sending the SUV spinning in circles and slamming into a metal utility pole. The vehicle burst into flames on impact, according to the FHP.
Two surviving passengers were taken to Delray Medical Center in serious condition. They are Brianna Motley, 22, of Lake Worth and Shawn Thomas, 25, of Boynton Beach, the FHP said.
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