Austin police foot chases can lead to shootings

AUSTIN, Texas - (AP) - Data analysis shows that Austin police appear more likely to shoot suspects following foot chases.

The American-Statesman and KVUE News reported (http://bit.ly/14DdVw2 ) Sunday that, among the city's more than two dozen police shootings since 2008, about 30 percent involved a foot pursuit before gunfire.

In the past three years, more than 150 Austin officers were injured while chasing a fleeing suspect.

But chases are far more dangerous for suspects. Of more than 2,000 foot pursuits since 2010, about 1 in 5 suspects apprehended received injuries ranging from minor to severe.

Many chases - including those ending with police shootings - involved suspects who had just carried out a violent crime or were armed.

But officers also chased suspects who posed no apparent immediate danger and had committed minor crimes.

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