Written by DML
Earlier today, I was trying to get a better understanding of how Facebook LIVE works. I started clicking around Facebook, looking at different LIVE events and measuring the numbers other publishers receive for their broadcasts.
Nothing was jumping out at me. Then suddenly, I noticed one video had 15K people watching it. And that was just one version of the video. Collectively, there were numerous versions of the video from various helicopter angles. Tens of thousands of people were watching a LIVE feed from Oklahoma where cops chased a man in a truck.
I went to YouTube and found the same thing to be true.
I ended up watching this unbelievable car chase for an hour. I was literally glued to the big screen in our studio.
From what I could ascertain, the car chase ensued after a man in Oklahoma had a run-in with police, and he wasn’t willing to be surrender.
Watching this car chase via LIVE stream was more exciting than any Hollywood car chase I’ve ever seen.
As you’ll see in the video below, a white male, appearing to be in his mid-20s, was sitting in a pick-up truck in the middle of an open field. He had a quarter mile of space between him and the police in all four directions. Trying to figure out his best escape, he continued to drive slowly in all directions to see where he could find an opening. But, as time ticked on, more cops arrived — his escape became more unlikely by the minute.
At this point I had two LIVE feeds going. There was the one on Facebook, and the one on YouTube.
The LIVE from Facebook provided the best visual, but the LIVE feed from YouTube provided audio. So I watched the one feed and listened to the other. The YouTube feed was picking up the conversation from a police scanner, thus, viewers could hear the ongoing debate about how to deal with the driver who was believed to be armed and dangerous.
After 45 minutes of watching this man develop a plan, the cops finally decided to ambush him from one side of the field. At the time of the ambush, the man was on the phone with police. He said he had one bullet in his gun and it was going to be used on himself.
Prior to the ambush, the man had stepped out of his truck to spray paint words on the body of his truck. But the paint was too dark a paint, and so the words could not be read off the black colored pickup truck.
Seeing he was ambushed, he dropped the phone line and took off. He outdrove the cops by making sharp turns, and then he jumped a series of bushes, ending up in another farm area where more cops sat waiting in their patrol cars.
Feeling cornered, the man decided to go for it again.
He hit the gas and took off at an alarming speed. The cops chased him, but their cars could not handle the farm terrain like the 4×4 pickup. Eventually, he outdrove the cops a second time, and he got himself to the main road where a police car rammed his side, spinning the truck into a full 180-degree spin.
The man then hit the gas again and re-entered the farm, where he weaved in and out of the cop cars trying to take him out head-on.
Again, the man jumped the bushes between farms and was now in a high speed, dusty road chase.
This is when things really got interesting.
The man arrived at another main road where more police waited for him. He smashed through a fence separating the farm from the road, then crossed the road and entered an empty field; only this time, the terrain was really rough.
He could only go so fast, but even so, the cop cars were incapable of chasing him closely. Meanwhile, as all this is going on, the LIVE feed from the helicopter is giving tens of thousands of people a front row seat to what played out like a movie. Would the cops kill this man? Would this man kill himself? What he shoot at the police? Or will he escape the cops and lose the helicopters?
Just when I thought he may actually escape… boom… his truck can’t move forward — he hits terrain that is just too rough.
With nowhere to go, a police car in chase finally catches up and pulls over next to the truck on the passenger side. The brave cop gets out of the car with his high-powered rifle and approaches the truck. He then gets in front of the truck and points the gun at the driver.
Instead of surrendering, the man puts the truck in reverse and begins driving backward, trying to make an improbable escape. He drives for about 200-yards backward and I think he’s going to get away until… boom… he lands in a pond he didn’t see behind him because it was blocked by high bushes. Thus, the truck is now submerged in water.
The cop with the rifle runs over, as do two other cops with guns drawn.
The man gets out of the truck, and is now standing in the pond. He decides to run. The cops chase after him, through the pond.
When the man gets out of the pond, he starts to break away but then slows down as he appears to grab his leg. This hesitation allows one cop to catch up. Within close range, the cop holds up his gun and shoots. The man drops. I yell at the screen: “Oh, my God, they shot him!” Seconds later, I can hear the scanner voice say he was shot with a taser.
All this was captured in the video below (7 minutes).
What isn’t seen is the man being cuffed and escorted into the police car. You have to hand it to the cops — the stuff they deal with each day is unreal. Thankfully, we get to see it now in real time.