Car wash owner chased suspect during shootout

Posted at: 10/30/2013 6:13 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A local man says when he saw Saturday's attack on an APD officer, his adrenaline kicked in.

The owner of a family owned car wash and emission shop along Broadway south of Coal says Christopher Chase went up to a customer on Saturday morning, asked him to call police and say he was armed and waiting for them.

As a horrific scene unfolded across the street, the owner then took matters into his own hands.

Just as there's no rhyme or reason for some crimes, how we react in a moment of danger can sometimes be hard to explain.

"Seeing an individual like a police officer get shot like we noticed. I mean poor guy got shot and he was hurt. I wanted to do all I can to go there and help him," said the car wash owner, who doesn't want to be identified.

He won't show his face, but he remembers that of APD officer Matthew Hannum after he was shot in the leg.

"It hurt. It really, really hurt," he describes how he felt seeing the officer being shot. "I mean, I don't wish that upon anyone."

Hurt turned into action when he saw Chase drive off in Hannum's police cruiser with the emergency lights on.

"When he got in the police unit and took off I wasn't going to let the individual get away especially when no one else was around," he said.

So he got into his 2003 C5, souped-up Corvette and chased after the man while on the phone with 911.

"They kept on telling me to pull over and stop and this and that. That I'm breaking the law," he said.

He kept going and says at first they were cruising at about 40 miles an hour.

"And then he got down to right here at MLK and stopped right in the middle of the intersection and he fired four shots eastbound at a police officer," he said.

When they got to Menaul and Edith, the suspect sped up big time, the witness says clocking in at more than a hundred miles an hour.

On his tail, a man with loved ones in mind.

"I have family and friends in APD and so I'm not going to allow an individual like that to get away and have those individuals suffer for the rest of their lives," he said.

He eventually backed off when officers arrived.