'Put it in park!': Video shows kidnapped D.C. officer struggling with man in moving car

The officer is heard yelling at the suspect to "stop the car" repeatedly before firing his weapon

By Suzie Ziegler

WASHINGTON — New video from the Metropolitan Police Department shows the moment an officer was kidnapped last week when the suspect drove away with the officer still in the back seat. 

According to 14 News, officers were patrolling on foot when they came across Natango Robinson, 35, who had reportedly been chasing someone while holding a gun. After making contact with Robinson, an officer felt a gun and a struggle ensued, reported FOX 5. Robinson fled and got into a car, along with an officer who was trying to stop him, said Chief Robert Contee. 

“The officer was actually, literally kidnapped, if you will, in the back seat of the vehicle while this guy is driving down two or three blocks from the initial point of the stop,” Contee said in a news conference.  

Now, video from the kidnapped officer’s bodycam shows the intense interaction. From the back seat, the officer is heard yelling repeatedly at Robinson to “stop the car” and “put it in park.” At the same time, Robinson asks the officer, “please don’t shoot me,” but refuses to stop. After about 40 seconds, the officer shoots Robinson and rolls out of the moving car. 

Robinson was later found at a hospital getting treatment for critical but non-life-threatening injuries, police said. According to 14 News, Robinson was charged with felony assault and kidnapping, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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