Midnight Bus Madness
By Mario Cloutier | January 17th, 2017
Footage recorded live from the pursuit with Los Santos Police Department along with Tactically trained officers.
What looks like something out of a Hollywood film, is quite the normal occurrence in Los Santos. Bus pursuits have turned into one of the many sadly normal things for the City. With over ten bus pursuits in the last six months, it's a scary but all too familiar feeling for some on their daily commute to work.
The video footage was captured from several of our ground units as well as a SAN Helicopter, while also being followed along by a Los Santos Police department Helicopter during the pursuit. The bus itself drove dangerously around the Market area where a tactical team lead the way in armored vehicles. During the pursuit the Tactical team used defensive driving to attempt to bring the bus to a stop as quickly as possible. Eventually after several attempts were made on the non populated streets, the team was successful at doing so, stopping the bus at the Market Station entryway.
Shortly after the bus came to a screeching hault, the driver vaulted from the vehicle, weapon in hand. Luckily the situation ended well and no Los Santos Police Officers were injured. The hostages from the bus itself were also removed and placed against the bus until cleared by the Los Santos Police Department, putting an end to what could have potentially been a very dangerous story.
Police Lieutenant Benavides (Left) Los Santos SWAT Officer (Right)
A brief statement was given by Lieutenant Benavides from the Los Santos Police Department SWAT Team.
"We currently had an active hostage situation, the man took six people hostage. The Unknown man, who's apparently Hispanic, stole a bus with an assault rifle. Our Special Weapons and Tactics team handled the incident. It was handled in the way it is supposed to. Quick response by our team and officers, we made sure everyone was safe out in the streets. And every single hostage is safe, we also ensured to have no damages made inside the city."
Lieutenant Benavides also confirmed the fact the suspect was still at large and the Market Street station would be closed till the suspect was taken into custody. Due to the bravery of the Officers on the scene the six hostages were able to leave with minimal wounds, and were later released on scene, thanks to the act of the LSPD they'll be able to return home to their families unharmed to continue 2018. Officers on scene explained that situations like these often time lead to lethal force during the pursuit due to the dangerous nature of such a large vehicle driving so recklessly through the city, due to how easy it is to cause injury to those unsuspecting pedestrians and civilians. Luckily, our story ended well with no Civilian casualties, and no hostages being sustaining more than just minor wounds.
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