JBLM officials: Soldier injured after being run over by Tacoma police officer

RunOverByCopTACOMA — The time stamp on the home surveillance video says 1:18 Saturday morning.

In the video 22-year old Emanuel Andrade can be seen lying in the street, and then the head lights of the officer’s squad car pull into view.

The video is infrared, so while it appears Andrade was wearing all white, witnesses say he was in jeans and possibly a white t-shirt.

A Tacoma police spokesperson says the officer was checking for car prowlers and running license plates on his computer, then all of a sudden he speeds up and runs over Andrade.

Duane Marggraf was sitting on his front porch and saw it all happen.

“Here’s the guy and cop came up and stopped, came up and stopped, came up and stopped again and had the bumper right above him and all of a sudden he surged forward and run him over with both wheels. That’s what I saw,” witness Duane Marggraf said.

Kassie Mitchell captured the video on her home surveillance system. She didn’t know anything had happened until she heard a knock on her front door.

“We got woke up by police asking to see our surveillance video because there had been a traffic accident out front,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell says she’s watched the video over and over and believes it was nothing more than a tragic accident.

“It was pretty disturbing for sure. I just think it was the dark clothes and the computer screen, maybe his eyes hadn’t adjusted when he looked up to see it and so I just think it was two unfortunate incidents that came together in one bad place, Mitchell said.

Tacoma police says the officer involved in a seven year veteran and will not be placed on routine administrative leave because it was an accident.

7 comments

  • rah rah rah

    No. What the officer was was a distracted driver that hit and almost killed someone. Being distracted is no “accident”.

    • sv1g

      That's the question nobody seems to be answering. If he was so hammered that he passed out in the street, he sorta deserved it. If he drove home in that condition then he definitely deserved it.

  • S_Hunter

    Whereas I can see the "jump on the cop" bandwagon from the start; I also see a person on a dark street, dark clothes (infrared camera makes white<think body heat>) and an officer (even a civilian) not expecting someone to lay down on the street. Tragic accident and condolences to the officer and family of the hurt solder.

    • Travis

      Although this is infared and may use radiarion, it is not thermal imaging, so no white does not equal body heat. This camera simply collects ambient light and intensifies it.

  • rah rah rah

    I see neither of you disagree that THE OFFICER WAS DISTRACTED. It even says as much in the article. So why is it OK for an “only ones” to drive around staring at laptop screens and not FedEx and UPS drivers? Distracted driving laws were but in place for a reason — giving LEOs an exception was a mistake, meaning this result was an entirely predictable “accident”.

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