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Denver Police Chief Orders Review of Moving-Car Shootings Over Past 2 Years

Denver Police Department Chief Robert White responds to questions during a news conference about the death of a 17-year-old woman who was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alley. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Denver Police Department Chief Robert White responds to questions during a news conference about the death of a 17-year-old woman who was killed after she allegedly hit and injured a Denver Police Department officer while driving a stolen vehicle early Monday in a northeast Denver alley. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

 

(Fox News) – Denver’s police chief has ordered a review of cases where an officer fired at a moving car after perceiving it to be a threat following an outcry over the shooting of a 17-year-old earlier this week.

Jessica Hernandez was killed early Monday when two officers shot at the stolen car they said she was driving toward them. The shooting was the fourth time in seven months that a Denver officer fired at a moving vehicle.

“Despite the fact that I think we have a very restrictive policy we still had four incidents in the last year,” Chief Robert White said Thursday. Department policy encourages officers to move out of the way of a moving car rather than use their firearm. But it also allows them to shoot if they have no other reasonable way to prevent death or serious injury.

White’s review will look at all such cases over the past two years.

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