Warning was made before deadly chase ended

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Posted: Dec 21, 2012 10:18 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 10:18 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: gonzales, police, high speed chase, tanger outlet mall, hwy 30

GONZALES- Police discussed calling off a high-speed chase just before the chase ended in a deadly crash.

Details were released in audio recordings between officers in pursuit and police radio headquarters.

"If it gets too dangerous, 10:22 it. We'll cut a warrant if we need to," a supervisor is recorded telling the officer chasing after two people on Hwy. 30. Tuesday.

The people in the car were suspected of stealing from stores at Tanger Outlet Mall. They were killed when the car they were in smashed into a pick-up. Two people in the pick-up were injured.

The chase lasted about 12 to 13 minutes, and ran into Iberville Parish where the wreck happened.

Some are law enforcement agencies argue it was dangerous. But, Gonzales Police stand with the decisions made.

"We feel comfortable that residents of the city of Gonzales, whom have elected the chief of police for there law enforcement needs, want us to be able to apprehend criminals every chance we get," said Det.Steven Nethken.

"You have to chase them. If you don't they're going to keep doing it we have to stop them some way," said Lois Cramond.

"That officer was doing everything in his power to apprehend the criminals without endangering a life ... and that is our job," said Nethken.

Read more about police protocol HERE.

Read more about the crash HERE.

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