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Watch heroic police spring into action and rescue an armed robbery suspect from a burning car

Police officers in Fort Worth, Texas sprung into action to help save an armed robbery suspect from a burning vehicle shortly after a police chase through the city.

“It was pretty dramatic,” Sgt. Marc Povero told WFAA. “We recruit people that can think on the fly, think quickly, and perform under pressure.”

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Officers got a call about an armed robbery a few weeks ago and chased a silver sedan with three possibly armed men inside, according to WFAA. Shortly after, they found the car and proceeded to chase him. Then, the car’s engine completely burst into flames.

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“One of the suspects fled, we detained another but then there was the third guy in the front seat,” Povero told WFAA.

That’s when officers quickly ran over to help the man, not knowing whether he was armed.

Video posted to the Fort Worth Police Department shows raw footage of the rescue as officers open the passenger side door to try and get the trapped man out.

According to WFAA, they eventually managed to get him out and take him to the ground. Another officer helped to free the man’s legs.

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“When the officers pull him from the vehicle, you can see one of the corporals ask him if he’s okay. He’s unconscious,” Povero told WFAA.

“In light of what happened a couple of weeks ago in Dallas and Baton Rouge, people are taking notice of what police officers do on a daily basis,” he added. “Keep in mind, they found weapons in the car.”

The armed robbery suspect was treated and is doing okay.

According to WFAA, the driver was charged with evading arrest, and other charges against the three men in the vehicle are pending.

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