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Dash cam footage shows officer’s quick reflexes dodging bullet

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A Battle Creek, MI policeman is recovering after nearly being shot in the head during a ‘routine traffic stop’ last weekend- an event that was caught on his dash cam.

According to WoodTV, The incident began when Officer Brad Gentry pulled over 21 year old Darriyon Zamone Clark-Brown at around 3:12 PM Saturday.

As Gentry approached the driver’s side window, he casually asked Clark-Brown “what’s up?” No sooner than he had greeted him, the driver drew a handgun, firing a single shot towards Gentry’s head.

While Gentry wasn’t actually shot, he was deafened by the near miss. Not missing a beat, Gentry returned fire, emptying nearly a dozen shots before getting into his squad car and pursuing Clark-Brown.

Describing Clark-Brown’s white Ford Taurus, Gentry remarked that he “couldn’t hear”, a side effect of the loud report near his head. Regardless, he continued the chase.

As speeds reached 70 miles per hour through a crowded residential neighborhood, other officers began responding to the pursuit.

“Go ahead and bow out”, one officer said as the Cavalry arrived. “Let us pass you.”

Relinquishing the lead, Gentry pulled off to the side and slowed his speed. No sooner than he had done so, Clark-Brown bailed from his vehicle, fleeing on foot.

Clark-Brown fled to his mother’s house, where he remained until 7PM, when a police K-9 sank his teeth into the suspect. Clark-Brown was sent to the hospital.

BCPD Major Jim Grafton reports that Officer Gentry is “not back on the job” but “will be soon”.

It is still unknown why Clark-Brown shot at Gentry, but speculation seems to point to the fact that Clark-Brown did not have a driver’s license.

“It’s a scary situation where you have, all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, no time to react, that you have a shot being fired off right near your head.” Grafton said of the event. “If he would’ve been hit, I don’t even want to go down that road.”

Clark-Brown was arraigned Monday in Calhoun County District Court on charges of assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm, fleeing and eluding, resisting, obstructing or assaulting an officer and driving without a license. His bail is set at $250,000. 

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