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© Richard Bruns
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UploadedJanuary 13, 2008
TakenMay 2, 2004
Exposure1/2000 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
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I caught this chase on my police scanner. The Napa County Deputy Sheriff was chasing this guy who had outstanding warrants and wasn't stopping for several miles. He finally headed towards where I was and I got my camera ready. He decided to pull over right in front of me, maybe 60 yards away. I shot a whole series from the blue-light chase to this scene up through pulling him out of the car and finally being taken down with the assistance of Napa Police who arrived. My adrenaline was extreme, as I'm sure, were the officers and the suspect.

91 responses

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (13 Jan 2008):

    Is this how they give out speeding tickets in Napa V.?

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (13 Jan 2008):

    Yeah....that's never a good thing.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (13 Jan 2008):

    Just doing his job and with some luck he will get to go home tonight!

  • Matt Granz

    Matt Granz said (14 Jan 2008):


  • Liza Carlson

    Liza Carlson said (30 Jan 2008):

    wow!!! seems excessive....

  • !Mel! Gibbs

    !Mel! Gibbs said (16 Feb 2008):

    "i said chocolate not strawberry coated donuts!"

  • Amoreena Lucero

    Amoreena Lucero said (16 Feb 2008):

    My reaction was the same at Matt's....Whoa.

  • Albert Chester Jr

    Albert Chester Jr (Deleted) said (26 Feb 2008):

    All the emotions engulfed in this image gives it a personality of its own, well done.

  • Howard Simpson

    Howard Simpson gave props (29 Feb 2008):

    Great Catch...Title it "Felony Stop" :-)

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (29 Feb 2008):

    Howard - It IS titled Felony Stop. It somehow didn't get into my title bar, but I change that now. thanks.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (23 Mar 2008):

    what a captured moment!

  • Joshua Blankman

    Joshua Blankman gave props (31 Mar 2008):

    Wow.... I can feel my heart pumping just looking at that image. It's moments like this that make you thankful you always carry a camera. This is photojournalism at its finest.

  • Jay El

    Jay El said (31 Mar 2008):

    Well said! And _premeditated_ photoournalism, indeed. A Winner!!!

  • Nancy Charter Kechnie Goatbe

    Nancy Charter Kechnie Goatbe said (7 Apr 2008):

    How exciteing is that! wow.. felt like I was along for the adventure.. good write up..and really original to say the least..Very dramatic...

  • Dexmon Pineda

    Dexmon Pineda said (24 Apr 2008):

    whoa? what happened here?..

  • M.S. White

    M.S. White said (12 May 2008):

    Wow this is one heck of a shot. You can really feel the tension in this.

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (13 Jan 2009):

    Whoohoo, one down - a few million to go - great capture

  • Cricket Jones

    Cricket Jones gave props (25 Jan 2009):

    the gun , of course is such a force in this photo as well as the stance of the officer. I love it !

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (31 Jan 2009):

    Back with this picture - really a fabulous capture

  • Ricky Shelton

    Ricky Shelton gave props (5 Feb 2009):

    oh wow. he sure is on top of things huh?

  • Kathleen Battan

    Kathleen Battan gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    Outstanding. Very dramatic! Notice the finger NOT on the trigger. That's keeping cool under pressure.

  • Tammy Silva Images

    Tammy Silva Images gave props (18 Feb 2009):

    If he knew that you were taking a photo, your camera would be confiscated. The problem to give so much power to humans. Great reaction with the photo.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (18 Feb 2009):

    Actually, that's not quite true. The police and Sheriffs of Napa and Napa County are generally very cooperative with journalists. This is one of a series of about 35 photos detailing the entire arrest sequence involving additional deputies and Napa Police. I have shown it to a number of them and they have nothing but praise. The deputy did everything by the book and the sequence demonstrates it quite well. As a witness I can say that the subject was seriously resisting and is lucky he didn't get pepper-sprayed or tazed ... the officers all showed admirable if determined restraint.

  • Goose #19

    Goose #19 gave props (18 Feb 2009):

    love this shot - good work

  • Julie Bowden

    Julie Bowden (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2009):

    thats awesome haha

  • jonathan wolf

    jonathan wolf gave props (12 Jun 2009):


  • David Baker

    David Baker gave props (15 Jul 2009):

    WOW!!!!! SICK shot..............

  • Mark Schneiders

    Mark Schneiders said (12 Aug 2009):

    seriously resisting and is lucky he didn't get pepper-sprayed or tazed ??????

    so put a real gun in his face:-S

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (23 Aug 2009):

    Mark, Thanks for hour comment.

    Yep! Damn lucky. He didn't get hurt. The officer didn't get hurt. He went to jail as he should, with a few extra charges including felony evading and felony resisting to the felony charge(s) he was fleeing from. It ultimately took four cops to cuff him and haul him away. No shots fired. No peppers spray. No tazing. The deputy here was magnificent. And as I'm a "veteran" journalist watching the Berkeley People's Park police riots where a friend was shot; and the 1968 Presidential election where I was arrested in San Francisco while delivering books to a post office for shipping during that police riot, and others, I have some significant experience in witnessing and feeling when officers are NOT patient and do not show restrain t, and whose victims were not so lucky. At the end, the arrestee was chatting amicably with the pictured deputy as he was led to the patrol car for transport to the Napa jail.

    So yes, this young man was very lucky.

    How to they do it where you live?

  • aviana

    aviana gave props (28 Aug 2009):

    The right place and the right moment for the photographer, but not for the suspect. Faved.

  • Darla Smedley

    Darla Smedley gave props (30 Aug 2009):

    me too..WHOA!

  • Juan Cohen

    Juan Cohen gave props (19 Dec 2009):

    you are the man !!!!

  • J T

    J T said (1 Feb 2010):

    Strong shot! great capture!!

  • Tammy Lee Bradley

    Tammy Lee Bradley (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2010):


  • Christopher Boles

    Christopher Boles (Deleted) gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    Intense just looking at the picture!

  • Benn Bell

    Benn Bell gave props (28 Jul 2010):

    Excellent capture!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (10 Aug 2010):

    Lucky you was in the right time, right place, good story with it as well...

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (24 Aug 2010):

    Great story, very exciting, you know if Joe Law woulds shot this cat, he would have got all sorts of stuff on himself....

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (16 Sep 2010):

    Voted too!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (16 Sep 2010):

    An outstanding action shot, narrative, and theme entry. It got my vote!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Sep 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (19 Sep 2010):

    perfect entry for this theme. voted

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   said (22 Sep 2010):

    Wow! That is kind of scary! Great for the theme Richard!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 Sep 2010):


  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (26 Sep 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • Lynnie Eady

    Lynnie Eady gave props (28 Sep 2010):

    Talk about being on the spot - an amazing shot!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (29 Sep 2010):


  • Txetxu Naranjo

    Txetxu Naranjo said (29 Sep 2010):

    Thats all!!! great!!

  • Antonio Romero

    Antonio Romero gave props (30 Sep 2010):


  • Erica Hines

    Erica Hines (Deleted) gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Whoa! What a shot! Definitely needs a vote!

  • Benn Bell

    Benn Bell gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Great shot!

  • Bianca Stewart

    Bianca Stewart (Deleted) gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    My goodness, what a catch! An excellent shot that fits the category perfectly. Voted!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    WOW! Awesome!!!!!!!!

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo said (11 Oct 2010):

    chilling! Great moment.


    JOE FAILK gave props (11 Oct 2010):

    Yea Rad Vote!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    Wow, powerful image! I forget the bravery that is called upon everyday by those who protect us!

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    Back to vote yes!

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    back to vote, so intense!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (14 Oct 2010):

    Wow! A frenzied moment for sure and I am glad that no one got hurt and the suspect didn't get away with his crime either...It takes a cool head to photograph something like this and that is what makes a good photojournalist. You have my vote.

  • jacob kedzierski

    jacob kedzierski said (14 Oct 2010):

    wow! great capture

  • Stacie Hudnell

    Stacie Hudnell gave props (19 Oct 2010):

    Wow! Now that's a moment to catch! Awesome shot!!!!

  • Andries van den Berg

    Andries van den Berg said (24 Oct 2010):

    Been there, done that and yes he gets to go home tonight and that's what counts. Great shot fella, not everyday we can get this close to the "happenings"

  • John Keating

    John Keating gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    Wow! Great Capture! Voted!

  • Candice Corrie

    Candice Corrie gave props (31 Oct 2010):

    Great work :)

  • Dan Richards

    Dan Richards (Deleted) said (31 Oct 2010):

    Excellent capture. This shows the down side of being a cop, when you have someone you don't know what to expect from. Everything the cop must be feeling I believe is shown here in his stance and posture.

  • chris drake

    chris drake said (3 Nov 2010):

    Got my vote!

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (3 Nov 2010):

    IMPRESIONANTE..!!! mi voto

  • chuck goodman

    chuck goodman gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    whatcha' gonna' do when they come for you......... awesome capture!

  • Randall Scholten

    Randall Scholten gave props (6 Nov 2010):

    Exciting stuff... nicely captured scene and good write-up!

  • Nick Lachance

    Nick Lachance said (10 Nov 2010):

    Great photo, this is why I love photojournalism, it is such a rush!

  • adniloj

    adniloj said (11 Nov 2010):

    gotcha! (twice in fact!) a nice frenzy of an entry +

  • Gary Foltz

    Gary Foltz said (15 Nov 2010):

    Nice work , did you think what would have happened had the guy blown the officers head off and then caught a glimpse of you with that camera? Or worse an approaching Sheriffs Officer saw you pointing a black object at an Officer performing a Felony stop ? I suggest a long lens and staying way back.
    While living in Alaska a deaf couple was trying to scare a Bald Eagle by throwing a coat in the Air, so it would spread its wings for them. What they were doing was illegal, interfering in a Felony stop , Not that you were interfering, but if the Sheriff has to deal with you because the Camera is perceived as a weapon, or as sometimes happens they shoot first and ask questions later..well I would hate to see that happen . I am just concerned that you could bit off more than you can chew doing this. If your a Journalist keep your ID visible.

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (15 Nov 2010):

    Interesting comment...

    Interesting commenty...Yes, I was using a long lens and I was behind a substantial tree with my fatal-risk body parts behind it, save for my head which was partly revealed. Yes, my I.D. was visible. And yes, it had some potential, not knowing the suspect. On the other hand, cops are aware of media, pretty much control them, and I was in no way interfering. Your observations/concerns are valid...but then, it is a world and vocation of risk. Thanks for your interest.

  • Ryan Lunsford

    Ryan Lunsford gave props (18 Nov 2010):

    what a capture! well done!

  • Bruce Borello

    Bruce Borello gave props (19 Nov 2010):

    What a moment to catch.Congrats on a great shot!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (22 Nov 2010):

    Incredible! RAD and risky for sure.

  • mohammed

    mohammed said (22 Nov 2010):

    excellent capture

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (22 Nov 2010):

    WOW! Right place right time!! Great shot!!!!

  • Kristina Evans-davis

    Kristina Evans-davis gave props (1 Dec 2010):

    holy crap. at first, didn't think it would be real but read about it. it just blew me away. I had took picture of the house on fire a month ago. As you can see that my husband is member of the volunteer fire department. I got two different fire, one of them was the stronage and the other is the house. I didn't have sad feeling for the stronage because the victims didn't seem to care but when I saw the housefire, it was worst things that I didn't think that I would get shot of the housefire. I took picture it will say fire vs firefighter. It is on here.

  • Megan Kay Brimm

    Megan Kay Brimm said (8 Dec 2010):

    What I like most about this is, it's real. Voted.

  • Nathan McNamara

    Nathan McNamara said (16 Dec 2010):

    damn... powerful

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (20 Dec 2010):

    Excellent capture! Voted. A powerful image.. well done!

  • Frank Morales

    Frank Morales gave props (24 Dec 2010):

    I'm with Megan on this one. Great capture!!! If it were me, the photo would have been so blurry from me shaking so much.

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (3 Jan 2011):

    wow, got my vote.

  • Esteban Mosquera

    Esteban Mosquera gave props (7 Jan 2011):

    voted, great !!

  • Branko Kovacic

    Branko Kovacic gave props (9 Jan 2011):


  • Dennis Watts

    Dennis Watts gave props (15 Feb 2011):

    Wow! this is an amazing image.

  • Andrea Siplova - Sidenstricker

    Andrea Siplova - Sidenstricker gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    fantastic! What a shot, what an opportunity! Amazing!

  • Andrea Siplova - Sidenstricker

    Andrea Siplova - Sidenstricker said (5 Mar 2011):

    I hope this photo got published in the local newspaper!

  • Denis Lincoln

    Denis Lincoln (Deleted) gave props (18 Sep 2011):

    Outstanding, timely capture. Don't want to get a gun stuck in your face and thrown on the ground? Stop when the lights come on. Duh.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (13 Apr 2012):

    lovely shot... perfect....

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