The people of Phoenix should riot. The police are NOT judge jury and executioners. Just because the car was registered as stolen does not prove the driver stole it. The burden of proof is left up to the judge to decided NOT the police. That is what's wrong with most of the comments I'm reading. It appears most readers know nothing about the judicial system.
Standard operating procedure is for the cops to tail the suspected vehicle and wait for backup. When officers do not comply things go awry. One officer versus 2 suspected criminals is not an ideal situation for an officer. The officer purposely put himself in that situation. He failed to use his warning signals and tried to surprise the suspects with NO backup. If anything, this officer is an idiot.
Again, if the officer was in front of the Tahoe, then the officer is the one who escalated the situation by confronting suspects with no backup. And, if the officer was behind the Tahoe, he would not be in immediate danger.
The entire situation could have been handled differently had the officer responded more intelligently. We need officers who actually plan and coordinate capturing suspected criminals in an intelligent and reasonable manner instead of a hotshot trigger happy LONE police officer who FORCES dangerous situations by assuming he can carry the full weigh of the law in his AR-15.