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Aiken police searching for driver who tried to hit officer

Saturday, June 9, 2012 5:35 PM
Last updated 8:57 PM
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The Aiken Department of Public Safety is asking for the public’s help in identifying a car thief who tried to run over a police officer, causing the officer to fire his gun early Saturday.

Around 2 a.m., a man driving a stolen Ford F-150 linked to an earlier burglary and theft pulled into the parking lot of the Sunoco gas station at York Street and Rutland Drive.

When officer Oliver Hadden tried to stop the vehicle, the driver put the truck in reverse. Instead of pulling away, he turned the truck around and drove toward Hadden, Capt. David Turno said.

Hadden tried to take cover, but his path was blocked so he fired one shot at the driver, Turno said. Hadden was not hurt.

The man drove off onto Crosland Drive and Yates Street, where he jumped and ran from the truck.

Turno said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting as is standard when an officer fires his weapon.

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Common.sense 06/09/12 - 11:10 pm
Dichotomy let's see you

Dichotomy let's see you accurately shoot at someone speeding towards you in a vehicle.

my.voice 06/12/12 - 11:26 am
Seems the officer used a lot

Seems the officer used a lot of self restraint and didn't panic, had he, he would have emptied the gun, possibly straining who knows whom/what. This disrespect for officers is s dangerous precedent being lived out.

Thank you, Officer Hadden, for your service. I am grateful you came out of this uninjured. Thank you for exercising restraint in the face of mortal danger.

itsanotherday1 06/10/12 - 03:17 pm
Having read a lot of

Having read a lot of dichotomy's posts, I believe his was a backhanded way of saying "I wish the bullet had found its mark".

Retired Army
Retired Army 06/11/12 - 07:41 am
A physical despription of the

A physical despription of the suspect would have been helpful if you really want the public to be on the lookout.

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