By on November 1, 2013


An Albuquerque Car Wash owner watched in shock as Christopher Chase shot police officer Matthew Hannum in the leg and then stole the officer’s police car. “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 business owner, who prefers to remain anonymous.

“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 the gentleman got into his 2003 Corvette, a C5 with some go-fast parts, called 911 on his cellphone and proceeded to chase the fleeing Chase.

“[The 911 operator] kept on telling me to pull over and stop and this and that. That I’m breaking the law,” he said.

At first it was a low speed chase, no faster than 40 mph, but after Chase stopped in the middle of an intersection to fire off some shots at a nearby police cruiser and then got back into the stolen cop car, the car wash owner says that speeds exceeded 100 miles an hour. He stayed on the suspect’s tail, relaying information to the emergency operator until Albuquerque Police Department officers caught up to them.

“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.

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69 Comments on “Corvette Owner Witnesses Cop Being Shot, Gets In ‘Vette And Chases Suspect...”


  • avatar
    Halftruth

    The cops can’t patrol/deal with every nutcase out there so help is needed from time to time.. BUT.. if that Vette caused a big wreck where innocent folks were hurt, people would be calling for his head. Tough call. Can’t let these nutjobs just go on their merry way either. I bet this guy gets a ticket or two.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    Did he, like, check to see if the wounded cop maybe needed a tourniquet or something before running off and playing Lone Ranger?

    I mean, the perp was in a stolen cop car with the lights flashing. Not much risk in losing him.

    • 0 avatar
      StephenT

      Kenmore-
      A sherriff’s deputy was shot in the upper thigh (believed to hit her artery – bullet came through the engine compartment and firewall). She pulled over in front on a fire station. Another deputy applied a tourniquet – issued to him 1wk earlier – and fire dept scooped her and took her to the hospital. She is in ICU and has had 3 or 4 surguries this week. Looks like she will make it.

      See my post below for more details.

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Thanks, Stephen.
        I’m sickened by how close she seems to have come.
        I wish her and her family the best possible recovery.
        Thanks again for making the effort to inform us.

  • avatar
    FractureCritical

    why do people who are cops or who want to be cops use the word ‘individual’ when referring to other people. I find it so distrubing that there is an accepted convention to reduce a human being to something that is so obviously and deliberately less. This guy kicks it up a notch by referring to the patrol car as a ‘unit’. It’s like there is this affectation of vocabulary that travels hand in hand with the law enforcement community and it’s groupies.

    Not to make light of the incident, but if a cop kept referring to me as an ‘individual’, I think I’d flip out, too.

    • 0 avatar
      Carrera

      Wow, it doesn’t take much to flip you out huh? There are more other important things in life to flip-out about than flipping out over being called ” an individual”. Sometimes, in my profession, I call people passengers, or aliens (legal/illegal), or legal permanent residents. I bet alien would really flip you out…:)

    • 0 avatar
      Lynchenstein

      It’s a way to dehumanize. You could shoot and kill, or tazer an individual (individual what? fencepost?) without much thought, which appears to be the case with police nowadays.

      However, you may think twice and even lose a few nights sleep if they were to shoot and kill a person (or a brother, mother, grandfather).

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      There is something almost comical yet refreshing about listening to law enforcement and military personnel using the absolute most generic words to describe things (vehicle, firearm, individual) and using them with extreme consistency, all in a very even tone of voice.

      • 0 avatar
        chuckrs

        OK, as a cop you are overheard at the scene stating that you stopped a white man in a Chevy Impala and took a Ruger pistol off him. Two years later you are asked by the guy’s attorney what else you screwed up because anyone can plainly see his client is Latino. Further, he was driving a Chevy Malibu and the gun was an H&K. The attorney further insinuates that you planted the pistol.
        So, what did you have for dinner one week ago? Me, I had food.

        • 0 avatar
          Kenmore

          Bravo. Generic, consistent and clear keeps your butt out of meetings you don’t ever want to have.

          I got taken to the woodshed a time or two when I started writing reports. It’s not Lit Class.

    • 0 avatar
      AlternateReality

      If you’re strolling through a residential neighborhood brandishing a weapon and baiting the cops to “come find you,” you are no longer a human being in my book. I don’t care what you’re called at that point – except “the deceased.”

      We have a lot of walking garbage in our society; a few call more attention to themselves than most. I’m fine with those “individuals” being ended.

      • 0 avatar
        Silvy_nonsense

        Your comment reminds me that there’s a sale over at Big Jim’s Manliness Emporium. Big Jim has great prices on erectile dysfunction drugs, high school diplomas and college degree programs, classes on how to chat up pretty women and all the other things that terrified, powerless middle class men need to finally feel safe, comfortable and important.

        My truck with the massive lift kit and knobby mud tires needs a “naughty boy going tinkle on the logo of a rival truck maker” sticker, so I’ll probably see you there this weekend.

        • 0 avatar
          AlternateReality

          I weep for the continued pussification of the species, as evidenced by your kneejerk and nigh-unreadable post. “nonsense,” indeed.

          Harsh truth: there are people out there that need to be killed. I’m fine with the cops – and others – ending the lives of anyone wielding an assault rifle in a residential neighborhood, acting in a manner obviously threatening to the lives of innocents, as this “individual” did this weekend.

          I honestly don’t understand someone who is immediately dismissive of such a position; nor do I wish to try.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “There are people out there that need to be killed.”

            And you get to make that call?

            It is not the job of the police to make the decision about who “needs to be killed” and act on that judgment. They have procedures they are supposed to follow and a law to uphold.

            Shooting a person that is an active threat is different from vigilante justice or executing someone that surrenders after committing a crime. I’m not sure which you are advocating.

          • 0 avatar
            AlternateReality

            “And you get to make that call?”

            Nope, but I absolutely believe the police were right in making that call here. I also wouldn’t have shed a tear if someone holding a legal firearm had dropped him on sight, holding an assault rifle and clearly threatening harm to others.

            This guy didn’t surrender; he ran, and he kept shooting. We will not miss him.

            You don’t feel the same?

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            From what I’ve read, I don’t have any problem with the outcome of the situation.

          • 0 avatar
            AlternateReality

            “From what I’ve read, I don’t have any problem with the outcome of the situation.”

            Well, that makes two of us.

    • 0 avatar
      jconli1

      1. That’s not police-speak, it’s car-wash-owner-speak. Police-speak would be “suspect.”
      2. I’m genuinely curious how “individual” is somehow less, what with “rugged individualism” being the drumbeat of this country, and the “rights of the individual” our holy ideals. I guess I’d much rather be an individual than an “area man”, or grouped into some other faceless identity like “citizen” or “guy”. (And definitely not “suspect.”)

    • 0 avatar
      Scribe39

      OK, so you’re a perp.

  • avatar
    SLLTTAC

    High-speed pursuits endanger other vehicles and even pedestrians. The road isn’t a track. It’s bad enough when police who so often don’t have the skills to drive any vehicle at very high speed drive far too fast on public roads, especially in their heavy, clumsy, poorly-shod cars and SUVs. Radios are faster than any police vehicle. The driver of the Corvette was irresponsible.

  • avatar
    AMC_CJ

    Maybe if less people didn’t just stand by like helpless livestock the bad people would be a little less brazen. Unfortunately we’re raising of society of do-nothing pussies and being herded as such.

    Me, personally, there wouldn’t of been a chase, because I would of tried to drop that SOB in the parking lot right then and there.

    • 0 avatar
      FractureCritical

      it’s always been that way. It’s nothing new. most people either do nothing or at most, just follow.
      there are thousands of years of history to back this up, and to cite a singular example, the entire history of Russia.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Oooh, look, an internet tough guy!

      “Trying to drop” the other guy worked out really well for these tools (and even better for all their neighbors): http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Police-Argument-over-parking-sparks-Tukwila-shootout-229808811.html

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who’d glad that the business owner took some action.

      I find it amusing that everyones calling a mans heroic deeds “irresponsible” and “dumb”, I think it’s great to see someone take some action rather than record everything for youtube hits.

    • 0 avatar
      Silvy_nonsense

      “because I would of tried to drop that SOB in the parking lot right then and there”

      Let me finish that story for you: “and shot an innocent passer-by in the process.” Good job!

    • 0 avatar
      StephenT

      You guys might want to actually research Defensive Gun Uses by U.S. civilians. Somewhere between 500,000 and 1.5Million incidents per year.

  • avatar
    jrhmobile

    For all the pearl-clutching concern here, you’ve still gotta appreciate the irony of a police care being CHASED by a Corvette instead of the other way around …

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    The bigger story is, what a puss of a cop. Barney Fife would slap this cop’s Momma.

  • avatar
    cartunez

    This guy is an asshole hardly a hero. Chasing someone doesn’t work regardless of who is doing it. High speed chases usually end up harming more innocent people than good. Cops are much better at shooting unarmed old people and child these days.

  • avatar
    vvk

    We don’t know all the circumstances of this event but the article makes it sound like the Corvette driver is a raging lunatic. It seems like the reasonable thing to do would be to stay with the cop who got shot in the leg and make sure he does not die. You know, “when no one else was around.”

  • avatar
    skor

    Dumb. A marked police car is hardly the kind of vehicle that “blends” into traffic. I really doubt the shooter would have gotten very far.

    The dumb-ass in the story is damn lucky he didn’t wreck, or cause anyone to wreck, he’d be sued into the gutter, and the police would way, “We never told him to do that.”

  • avatar
    stryker1

    Probably not the best idea, but I can understand the desire. When test-driving a 2011 Mustang GT, I remember thinking to myself “I COULD FIGHT CRIME IN THIS THING.”

    • 0 avatar
      Silvy_nonsense

      The last time I got stuck with a rental Dodge Avenger I felt the same way. I just need to get a Captain America costume and I’ll be all set for next time.

  • avatar
    ash78

    Isn’t this from the deleted scenes of Breaking Bad? When they originally wanted Bogdan to help Walter track down the Mexican gang who shot Hank?

    Then they turned Bogdan into a bad guy. Typical anti-Eastern European media bias.

  • avatar
    NMGOM

    I had taken a 10-week course in the local Citizens Police Academy.
    Conclusion: The best thing for people to do is help the police by being “eyes and ears”, NOT get directly involved. In fact, that Corvette driver could have gotten in the way of legitimate police pursuit (if warranted), or he could have been part of an accident later.
    Just let the police do their jobs, folks, and help them by reporting incidents and locations and times…but otherwise, stay out of the way. Don’t try to be a “hero”, tempting as it may be at times…

    ————–

  • avatar
    azmtbkr81

    Dude has seen too many car chase movies and was looking for an excuse to speed around town in his bitchin’ ‘Vette.

    I have to imagine every cop car these days is fitted with a GPS transmitter or Lo-jack type device.

  • avatar
    JuniperBug

    While I’d definitely prioritize making sure the cop was ok – the article doesn’t indicate whether that happened – I can see the value of keeping the suspect in sight in order to relay to police where he was going. It’s not like he was trying to force the guy off the road or anything, just informing the police of their location, and from the sound of it, that may well have paid off.

    Let’s be honest: keeping up with a police car driven by (presumably) an untrained performance driver isn’t going to be hard work for a Corvette, and an owner of such a car with go-fast parts probably isn’t all that unfamiliar with touching 100 MPH once in awhile.

    After seeing the way most police drive, and hearing about the minimal driver’s training they receive, I certainly wouldn’t attribute on them any kind of magical powers that keep them safer driving at high speed during an emergency than I would be.

  • avatar
    blackbolt

    GTA Five

  • avatar
    seabrjim

    Fracturecritial, you are spot on about the police groupies. Did you read the post last week on the Michigan police car, I mean “unit” testing? It was like the super bowl for wannabe’s and fanbois. Lots of wet undies and elevated BP among the red light and siren crowd. 10-4.

  • avatar
    StephenT

    Not sure TTAC left out 90% of the rest of the story. This is my former dept, so I have been following the news on the event quite a bit this week.

    Suspect approached the Vette owner and told him to call police and that he would be waiting for them. He was dressed in camo, with his head covered and carrying an AK47. He then went across the street to a bus stop. Off. Hannum was first on the scene with a second unit that showed up right as he was shot. The second off. on scene attended to the shot off. The suspect continued firing as he took the patrol car. Hence why the Vette owner gave chase – he felt this guy would get away.

    The Vette owner dropped out of the chase when addition APD units and Deputies were able to join the chase. This guy will not get any tickets, they won’t punish a guy for doing what he felt was the right thing and didn’t hurt anyone.

    Suspect continued chase and evenutally crashed into a gas station pump and killed after he threatened officers.

    There were two other officers hit with bullet fragments, already released.

    Kenmore-
    A sherriff’s deputy was shot in the upper thigh (believed to hit her artery – bullet came through the engine compartment and firewall). She pulled over in front on a fire station. Another deputy applied a tourniquet – issued to him 1wk earlier – and fire dept scooped her and took her to the hospital. She is in ICU and has had 3 or 4 surguries this week. Looks like she will make it.

    • 0 avatar
      LeMansteve

      Good info, thanks!

    • 0 avatar
      Silvy_nonsense

      “they won’t punish a guy for doing what he felt was the right thing and didn’t hurt anyone.”

      A friend of mine got pulled over driving super drunk and he used that same logic on the officer. Not surprisingly, the officer let him go, but made my friend promise he wouldn’t hurt anyone. Because that’s how the law works.

      • 0 avatar
        StephenT

        I guess I have to point out the completely different context of situation. If your friend was super drunk while washing his Corvette, saw an officer get shot, watched the suspect drive away in that officer’s unit, gave dispatch information and then stood down when additional officers could resume the pursuit, all while not hurting someone. – in Albuquerque – APD would most likely let him call someone to pick him up and give a warning for driving drunk and a handshake for his help.

        In regards to your friends situation, sometimes you get lucky. Some nights it’s easier to find a way to get someone home. Might be before bars are closing, or you know that an concert is ending, or it’s a holiday and you’ll have domestics/fights/shots fired calls soon. Officer descretion gives you that ability to make the call. It also is rope that you hang yourself by when the drunk you just let go kills a family.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    Tough crowd. Sounds as if he tried to do the right thing.

    • 0 avatar
      JuniperBug

      *Reply wound up in the wrong place. I was replying to Charlie84′s post.

      I watched a guy get killed by a freight train when I was 14. All freight trains should be outlawed.

      You can be Helen Lovejoy all you want (“Please won’t someone think of the children!”), but the fact of the matter is that the Corvette driver saw a suspect who had just shot a cop get away, and followed him so he could relay to the police where he was going until they could intervene. He did what I would call completely reasonable, and guess what? The result bore that out, so what are you whining about? Whether you like it or not, there was no GPS cannon on hand to be used.

      On the flip side, if he had done nothing, and the suspect got away to kill 10 more people with his AK-47, armchair quarterbacks would be calling for him to be sent do jail for not intervening.

      Life is messy, man, and some people do what they think is necessary with the information they have at hand in a bad situation.

  • avatar
    Charlie84

    The Corvette driver was wildly irresponsible. He should be charged with reckless endangerment. High-speed chases by trained police officers are dangerous and often unnecessary as it is…Untrained vigilantes in Corvettes should not be encouraged.

    One of my best friends was killed as an innocent bystander in a totally unnecessary high-speed police chase. There’s an interesting GPS-tagging technology called StarChase, which could largely eliminate the need for such high-speed chases. Read about it here:

    Car Chases Kill. That’s Why Police Need GPS Cannons.
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/10/31/starchase_police_gps_cannon_system_aims_to_stop_dangerous_high_speed_chases.html

  • avatar
    doublechili

    I love the conversation about police calling people “individual”. Isn’t that kind of thing done in lots of professions?

    Surgeon: “Patient”? or “I am about to make an incision in Bob’s head.”

    Judge: “Defendant”? or “Will Tommy please rise.”

    Etc. For a great take on this, see the movie Idiocracy.

    By the way, the individual, er, poster, er, person who first made the observation followed up with the superb “entire history of Russia” comment.

  • avatar
    rodface

    I don’t think it’s that hard to tail someone who’s tearing ass in a stolen cop car. You don’t have a light bar to clear the road, but the guy you’re chasing already took care of that for you. All you have to do is follow in his wake.

  • avatar
    Z71_Silvy

    Two things:

    Why is TTAC so anti police? It’s disgusting. It’s like reading the Huffington Post.

    If any of the arm-chair quarterbacks can do a better job, why don’t you? I suspect you couldn’t last an hour as a police officer or in any aspect of public safety.

    2nd:

    Thank you to the poster who posted the complete story. It really makes a difference when ALL the facts are presented.

    As for the’individual’ comments…grow up. That is exactly what they are, an individual. And a lot of the time, that is too nice of a word to call these animals.

  • avatar
    jim brewer

    “wildly irresponsible?” By whose standards? Certainly not that of the Duke City. Its not like the Corvette guy was shooting a gun out the window or letting his dog drive because he was too drunk.

    The thing about Albuquerque is that the evening news is always way more exciting and implausible than the police procedurals that precede it.

    Here is a dash-cam video of a Saturday night in downtown Albuquerque.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f65xzJN9O18

  • avatar
    reclusive_in_nature

    Nothing draws condemnation from the pussies of the world like someone who credibly exhibits that heshe is indeed not one.

  • avatar
    jeffzekas

    I was just thinking about the gunman who killed a bunch of people in a Reno, Nevada diner. There was a civilian in the diner who had a concealed weapon. He did nothing. That was his right. But there were a lot more dead folks than necessary, had he taken some kind of action– any kind of action– rather than cowering on the floor. But again, that was his right– to do nothing. Same for the airliner that crashed in a field during the Sept 11th attacks: those passengers could have done nothing. But they stopped an airliner from being flown into another building and killing thousands more. They “should” have done nothing, according to some of the posters here. But instead, the saved lives by taking decisive action.

  • avatar
    Burger Boy

    This probably wouldn’t have been a news story if the guy had chased the perp in a Camry.

  • avatar
    seabrjim

    TTAC isnt anti police. Wake up however, and you will see society has become anti police. With good reason. Your youtube account probably has police helping old ladies cross the street on the way to church.


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