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Fla. Officer Fires Gun To Save Woman In Fiery Crash

Boca Police - Boca Raton, FL -- Shortly before 8:00 pm Wednesday night, December 1, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department were dispatched to a traffic crash that just occurred on northbound I-95, north of the Spanish River Boulevard overpass. While traveling to the scene, Officer Jimmy Jalil, Jr. learned that the crash involved one vehicle that had rolled over with two passengers ejected.

Officer Jalil was among the first officers to arrive on the scene. When he arrived, the engine compartment of the SUV was fully engulfed in flames and a female passenger was trapped in the front passenger seat. Officer Jalil immediately grabbed his fire extinguisher from his trunk and gave it to a retired firefighter who stopped to help. The retired firefighter first used the extinguisher to attempt to put out the fire and then to break one of the car windows. After several unsuccessful attempts to break the window, Officer Jalil ordered everyone back from the vehicle, communicated with the trapped passenger to move as far away from the window as possible and fired two shots into the rear passenger window in order to break it. He used his baton to clear the glass from the window, pulled the woman from the vehicle and carried her to a safe location.

Officer Jalil and other Boca Raton Police officers gave aid to the surviving victims until Boca Raton Fire Rescue arrived. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and related inquiries should be directed to them.

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Comment by bill anz on December 3, 2010 at 5:30pm
Well.., kudos officer Jalil, but two shots? One to 'soften' the glass for the second round?

Unnecessary rounds during high adrenaline, low exposure/familiarity calls can have bad results. Ricochet into highway traffic for one, into the trapped passenger for a second. An extended baton struck smartly into one of the corners of the window could have worked fairly well. But a sharp handheld implement is always the best choice.

FWIW, the firefighter should have known better than to flail against the glass with an extinguisher.

Comment by Phyllis J Ryan on December 3, 2010 at 5:45pm
Granted, there were other ways to do this. But given the time element I think the officer was right (especially depends on the angle he fired at). I though everyone (especially LEO's carried the hammer made especially for breaking windows in emergencies. I may have done it the same way.
Comment by David J. Kane on December 3, 2010 at 5:57pm
Sure ....let's all second guess the officer. Did you ever see someone burn to death? It's not pleasant.
Comment by Matt Schlecht on December 3, 2010 at 6:09pm
Good job officer jalil. Did what he had to do to save lives.
Comment by Tom Kelly on December 3, 2010 at 9:39pm
Great Job Officer Jalil, you made LE proud! Suggest you go to a specialty tool dealer, ask for a spring loaded prick punch. Harbor Freight has'em for a couple bucks, and they make short work of auto window glass. Check with your fire dept buddies, and ask to come watch when they do auto extrication training! They'd love to have you. Again one helleuva job brother, Stay Safe,God Bless...Tom,Portland,OR.
Comment by Timothy J. Seguin on December 4, 2010 at 9:54pm
Quote: "I though everyone (especially LEO's carried the hammer made especially for breaking windows in emergencies."

I can't think of a single agency in my county (or state) that carries those things, or the spring-loaded center punches. My agency is so underfunded our officers have to purchase their own firearms and other equipment (no, they are not reimbursed at a later date). Any rescue equipment we get comes from the rare donation.

So I won't try Ofc. Jalil in the court of public opinion. I wasn't there and I don't have all of the facts. I will congratulate him however for saving someone's life at no small risk to himself.


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