Fla. Officer Shoots Burning Car's Window to Rescue Woman

By: AP
By: AP

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) --

A video shows a South Florida police officer shooting out a side window of a burning car to rescue a passenger.

Boca Raton police officer Jimmy Jalil says he and another man
who stopped to help tried to break the window. But after nearly a
dozen attempts, the 32-year-old Jalil decided to use his gun.

He said Friday on CBS' "Early Show": "At the tenth time, it
wasn't going to break. I knew the bullet would penetrate it."

Jalil ordered everyone back and fired two shots into the rear
passenger window. The dash mounted camera captured Jalil clearing
the window of glass, then pulling the woman out.

Authorities say the driver of the car lost control on Interstate
95 Wednesday night, slamming into a utility pole. The car then
burst into flames. The driver was ejected and died at the scene.

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  • by DM Location: Tallahassee on Dec 4, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    BRPD needs to issue window punches to it's officers. At a cost of a few dollars they can save lives, without taking the chance of firing a gun.
  • by mary Location: georgia on Dec 3, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    I sure am glad he rescued the passenger whatever it took. I would have no problem with that approach had any of my family been in that car. God bless him and the other people on scene.
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