The foot-chase in the video below looks like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. There’s plenty of real life action, though, and a pretty dramatic climax. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a stuntman to fill in at the last minute, and the armed man jumping off the roof to avoid the police only had one good take in him.
Steven Paulino, 27, is now in intensive care at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. His injuries are bad, but he’s expected to survive.
Paulino’s police chase began Tuesday morning when police responded to a 911 call about a dispute. Paulino was found in an altercation with a woman. When the police arrived, Paulino bolted, and fired his gun in the air as he ran.
He then threw his gun, and ran into a two-story building.
Once he was on the roof, he ran to the edge. He hesitated, then jumped. The leap wasn’t enough. He hit the fire escape, hard, and couldn’t hold on.
“It sounded like when you hit a wall really, really hard,” Liliana Ramos, 28, told reporters. “I heard the police scream ‘don’t f—–g move’. We saw the guy on the floor bleeding from his head.”
“It’s crazy,” she told the Daily News. “You see him hesitate before he jumps. It’s like he knows what he’s doing is crazy.”
“It’s a miracle that he’s alive,” Paulino’s mother said. “When he tried to grab the fire escape, that’s when he broke his wrist. Thank God. God has given him another chance to live a good life.”
She doesn’t believe the reports that Paulino was armed. “He doesn’t have any gun that I know of. If he had a gun, the police would have arrested him,” she said. “I’ve never seen him with a gun.”
The fight is reported to have begun after an acquaintance sent Paulino a text that insulted him and his brother, a rapper who goes by the name Snoopy Dinero.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” the woman. “Right now he’s really not in the right state of mind. He’s using a lot of heavy drugs.”
Paulino had arrived at her apartment, and stood outside yelling, “B—- come outside! I’m gonna f—–g kill you and your husband!”
Once he recovers, he face charges of assault, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment.
Here’s the narration from the officers’ perspective.