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Supreme Court considers 2004 deadly high-speed chase

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Police dashcam video shows a 2004 traffic stop for a busted headlight, but then a ten-minute high-speed chase begins. Police dashcam video shows a 2004 traffic stop for a busted headlight, but then a ten-minute high-speed chase begins.
Driver Donald Rickard and his passenger, Kelly Allen, died in after a high-speed chase. Driver Donald Rickard and his passenger, Kelly Allen, died in after a high-speed chase.

(WMC-TV) – The U.S. Supreme Court takes on a case that centers on a controversial Mid-South police shooting. Two people were killed in a chaotic scene in Memphis following a high-speed chase that crossed the Mississippi River.

This case focused on how and when officers can use deadly force in high-speed chases.

Police dashcam video shows a 2004 traffic stop for a busted headlight, but then a ten-minute high-speed chase began.

Driver Donald Rickard and his passenger, Kelly Allen, led police from Arkansas to Tennessee before officers cornered their white Honda.

Rickard starts up the car again and it almost hit one of the police officers. In return, the officers fire 15 shots into the car as it speeds away.

A short time later, the car flips and crashes into a house. Rickard and Allen both died.

Rickard's family sued the officers for using excessive force. The officers claim they have immunity when safeguarding the public in fast-moving, dangerous situations, even if they make mistakes.

Lower courts denied them immunity, saying their actions were unreasonable, but it looks like the nation's highest court may rule in favor of the officers.

Several Supreme Court justices say the officers should be shielded from liability. A ruling in this case is expected within three months.

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