(SAN DIEGO) — A San Diego police officer who got run down by his own cruiser in a terrifying scene caught on video said he believed the man accused of hitting him was going to kill him.
Surveillance video of the officer being was shown in court Friday at the preliminary hearing for the man accused of being behind the wheel.
The traumatic video from the January incident shows William Bogard allegedly deliberately running over Officer Jeff Swett.
“I figured at that point in time he was going to kill me,” Swett said on the stand Friday. According to ABC affiliate KGTV-TV, Swett also testified that Bogard was smiling behind the wheel.
Bogard showed no reaction during the officer’s testimony, KGTV reported.
Swett described the “immediate pain” he felt as the car hit him. He said he was then propelled backward and “very forcefully hit the ground.” He suffered two broken arms, a broken leg and severe head and neck trauma, according to KGTV.
The incident began when police responded to a call that someone had broken into a house and was threatening those inside. When officers responded, Bogard allegedly stole Swett’s running car.
Another officer shot at the car, KGTV reported, striking Bogard in the leg. He testified Friday that he did so because he “was in fear for Jeff’s life and my own.”
Bogard was charged with two counts of attempted murder on a peace officer, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vehicle theft, burglary and criminal threatening, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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