CRIME
06/29/2016 06:07 pm ET

Police Officer Jumps Out Of Helicopter To Tackle Suspect After Absurd Chase

"We do whatever it takes to get them into custody," the tactical flight officer said.

A Texas police chase went full Hollywood when a helicopter crewman leaped out of his aircraft and dramatically tackled a suspect.

A local TV crew was flying overhead when they filmed one of two burglary suspects trying to run across a field Tuesday, Houston police said.

The suspect, identified by KPRC-TV as Henriearl Hill, was seen trying to dodge a police helicopter as well as a police SUV while on foot.

The SUV charges at him, knocking him to the ground. But the suspect gets back up and starts running again, only to be hunted down by a man in a dark jumpsuit and white helmet running from the direction of the helicopter. 

A burglary suspect is seen being chased down by a Houston tactical flight officer on Tuesday.
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A burglary suspect is seen being chased down by a Houston tactical flight officer on Tuesday.

Pilot Jeff Serpas told KPRC-TV the helicopter was "maybe 2 to 3 feet off the ground" when tactical flight officer Steven Borgstedte jumped out.

Borgstedte said he was just following the plan when he carried out the Schwarzenegger-like stunt. "I directed the officer to put the helicopter down, that we were going to go get the suspect," he told KPRC-TV.

After knocking the suspect to the ground, both men get back up and Borgstedte appears to raise his fists as if ready for a fight.

The suspect instead tries one more time to run, but Borgstedte knocks him to the ground again as other officers arrive.

"My goal is, we have a suspect, a bad guy, we do whatever it takes to get them into custody," Borgstedte told The Associated Press.

The astonishing video has since gone viral and has been featured on news sites around the world.

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