What Not To Do In A Police Stop

Police deliver prizes do a would-be cop killer

When you’re pulled over by Johnny Law, there are some things you should do and some that are in one’s best interest not to do. If you keep your hands where they can be seen and politely inform the officer that you’re armed when it’s appropriate, things will usually go uneventfully. If, however, you play stupid games, you’re likely to win stupid prizes. Below is a video showing a textbook example of how to play stupid games and absorb the excitement that follows.

Officers in Springdale, Arkansas pulled over a well-known customer in their world, Zachary Sutton, 26. Seems that Zachary had no license as a result of a history of drunk driving. One of the officers said he’d stopped Mr. Sutton three times in ten days, but this time, Mr. Sutton was going to jail.

As he was about to be handcuffed, Sutton failed to mention that he was carrying a gun in the appendix position. Sutton drew the gun, racked it, and fired at one of the cops before turning and running. He didn’t make it far – less than seven steps – before a hail of return fire felled him and he bled out.

Thankfully, this didn’t happen in Baltimore. The local prosecutor in Arkansas ruled it a justifiable shooting. Ozarkfirst.com has the story.

Police Justified in Springdale Shooting Death
Dashcam Footage Reveals Man Shot at Police First

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The Washington County Arkansas Prosecutor ruled that the officers involved in the shooting death of Zachary Sutton will not face charges.

Dashcam footage shows the suspect, 26-year-old Zachary Sutton of Springdale, Arkansas, pulling out a handgun and shooting at the officers.

Here’s the video.  The action starts at 1:40.


  1. avatar Rick the Bear (now in NH!!) says:

    Pulling a gun and shooting at police. What could go wrong? 8>)

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      Action starts at 1:40.

      How far back do you have to go to not even have a video to film? T minus 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 years?

      Sh_t, people, that whole thing was very depressing.

      1. avatar Cliff H says:

        With your attitude towards government and civil society, Joe R, I suspect it is only a matter of time before we are watching a similar video starring you.

        In other news, people, even if you are playing stupid games with the police, do NOT Israeli carry.

        1. avatar Joe R. says:

          That was Moped-appendix carry, and apart from not having a slide-racker on it, it’s probably par safety-wise under the circumstaces
          As stated, I’m a shoulder holster or drop-leg fan, and I don’t do Mopeds, at least not on dash-cams.. You tell me what part of that video, and whatever lead up to it, wasn’t sad. Sans the throwdown, that mf could’ve beat those TSA-fit cops in a footrace, and we all could’ve shaken our heads in wonder.
          Yes I’m all about Societal Agreement, (and ABSOLUTELY pro-gov’t that serves its people, never believing the position or title raises the holder above the ABSOLUTE value of 1 person/citizen) and we caught the final exam on tape, but not the GED training in it the dude got prior, I’m sure even the cops think it’s sad, and if not, that’s sad.

    2. avatar IdahoPete says:

      It is known as “Darwinian Selection”, and can only help improve the human race.

  2. avatar Eric in Oregon says:

    For a scumbag, that was a pretty good draw. Cops were lucky!

    1. avatar mk10108 says:

      First Awesome draw for a drunk guy but nothing in the pipe…perp 101 – round the chamber safety off when you perform a cop ambush. Never ever run away, if your your going to full stupid move forward aim center mass. It took the cop on the right three seconds to get his pistol out, arms thrust forward before he got a round off. Perp could have had 4 rounds in and and taken him out of the fight in 2 seconds. Better if he ran, turn corner then, set the ambush.

      Do think he had enough of life and just wanted to get it over with.

  3. avatar Matt Richardson says:

    Sirens in the background within 30 seconds of the shoot and a third officer on scene around one minute afterward.

    This was either serendipitous, or somebody was expecting a substantial problem from this guy.

    1. avatar Blackspike2710 says:

      Either he already called backup or because it was a small town in Arkansas the other cops needed something to do so he was headed there anyway.

  4. avatar Vhyrus says:

    What not to do in a police stop?

    Look like that guy, for one.

    Act like that guy, for another.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      Thanks. Leasson learned: Don’t be THAT guy.

  5. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    So the takeaway is, if he weren’t slowed down by the extra steps required with Israeli carry, the cops would be dead and Mr. Sutton would be in Acapulco by now.

    So… just say no to Israeli carry.

    Also, assuming he had no children, this is further evidence in support of Charles Darwin.

    1. avatar JayHu says:

      Yeah. if you slow that down, you can see quite clearly he had the Cop on the left dead bang — IF he didn’t have to rack his gun first. Thankfully.

    2. avatar jwm says:

      The cop may have been dead. But this dood would have never made it to the state line, let alone another country. In my experience of guys like these he’s driving a raggedy hoopty with less than half a tank of gas. He’s likely got a buck ninety five on him and his plastic was shredded two weeks after he got it.

      No, this trailer trash was going to do one of three things. Run home to his moms, dad ain’t in the picture, and after a lot of hollering and fussing turn himself in.

      Go on a one man crime spree that would have lasted no time at all and likely ended with innocent folk being hurt.

      Or killed his self when the hoopties tired motor blue up ten miles from this place.

      This dude was a compleat failure. Even at murder.

  6. avatar ButtHurtz says:

    Couldn’t understand the audio, why was the man getting arrested?

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Springdale isn’t a very big town.
      So if you’ve had enough DUIs to lose your license and you’ve been stopped three times since then, the cops will recognize you from a mile away.

    2. avatar Model 31 says:

      Yeah that audio sounds like it come from battlestar gallactica. They had FTL drive but their radios were worse that a 1983 cellphone.

      1. avatar CarlosT says:

        Research priorities, I guess.

      2. avatar Aaron M. Walker says:

        LOL! And they were all sporting firearms in “zero-,or -micro-gravity” in a vacuum ! Might as well be using an ancient sword under those conditions within an atmosphere…

        1. avatar Matt in TX says:

          A properly sealed cartridge will fire in a vacuum. Modern smokeless powders produce their own O2. Same for all those youtube videos of guns firing underwater.

    3. avatar jwm says:

      He tried to follow your advice. Proving he was too stupid to live.

  7. avatar JayHu says:

    Police Brutality. White Lives Matter. Wahh, Wahh, Wahhh.

  8. avatar Dan says:

    wow, carrying condition 3 and trying to get the jump on 2 police officers? not the sharpest knife

  9. avatar Model 31 says:

    DUI deserves an arrest. Driving safely with out a license, not even sure that deserves a pullover. An arrest-able offense really needs a victim or potential victim…and not just “society” in general. Oh and that was stupid on the part of that 26yo child.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Getting your license removed due to dui and then continuing to drive shows a disregard to the rule of law and to the consequences of one’s actions, to say nothing of his behavior during the arrest. This guy was obviously not a team player.

      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        We should exhibit disregard for laws that are by legislative fiat and feature no victims.

        1. avatar Alan Esworthy says:

          Amen. I’m on board with mala in se but I despise mala prohibita.

    2. avatar James in AZ says:

      It seems the cops knew the guy had a suspended licence.

    3. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Generally you won’t get thrown in the slammer for your first offense driving without a license. After about the third one, it becomes fairly obvious that a traffic citation with a fine (that you don’t intend to pay) is not sufficient deterrence to prevent you from flouting the law.

  10. avatar James in AZ says:

    Dude if you really want to shoot at cops do it professionally.

    Stop, draw, side step, and shoot while they’re still in the moving car with no escape. Driver first, passenger second. And load that goddamn chamber.

    Or else just don’t be a thug.

  11. avatar Silentbrick says:

    Given this guy assumed room temp, I’m sure it’s safe to say he won’t be doing that again. Driving or shooting at cops

    Seriously, if you’re that stupid, eat the gun and save the cops the paperwork.

  12. avatar Darkstar says:

    Wonder if the prosecutor would rule it justified if a non police person shot and killed someone running away from them. Not saying the dood didn’t get what was coming, but I bet in a lot of jurisdictions non LEO’s shooting someone running away from them would be told they are no longer a threat and that shooting them from behind isn’t justified.

    1. avatar mk10108 says:

      once he pulled gun and fired, its game on, turn and run, your done.

    2. avatar tdiinva (now in wisconsin) says:

      You are correct. An armed citizen can only use a firearm only under imminent threat whereas the police are charged with keeping public order and removing threats to the community.

      Please go to the board and write 100 times

      “I am not a police officer.”

    3. avatar Don says:

      Running away or making some distance before turning around and shooting me?

    4. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      Except this guy was running and shooting. He was shooting to enable his flight. He wasn’t fleeing to avoid shooting. He just as easily have turned and fired again. He’s a fair target throughout. No problem with the cops here.

  13. avatar Rick says:

    I guess I give him credit for condition 3 while mexican appendix carry, not that shooting off his junk would have deprived the ladies of Arkansas of much. But, multiple target engagement from that position requires a significant investment in training.

  14. avatar UtahCCW says:

    Unless you live in California. If you have a gun, you can stand your ground and then pursue the attacker until the threat is neutralized.

  15. avatar Jack says:

    I put a new sticker on my vehicle last week. “If you point a gun at a police officer and you get shot you are not a victim of anything”

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    What made you think you wouldn’t get caught?

  16. avatar Aaron M. Walker says:

    Unfortunately,it’s all becoming a 50% split these days….

  17. avatar Don says:

    He wasn’t really going to shoot the police, he was just playin’

    These cops are out of control!


  18. avatar anonymoose says:

    I believe this topic has already been covered extensively.

  19. avatar John says:

    Clearly Mr. Sutton never saw the movie The In-Laws or he would have known how to avoid being shot.

    “Serpentine! Serpentine!”

    Man, I’m getting old.

  20. avatar LHW says:

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  21. avatar Kaban says:

    Where are SJW’s when we need them, discussing obvious case of suicide-by-cop?!

    Really, the late Mr.Sutton deserved “Tier One Delirium” patch.

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