Leland Chapman tells the full story of how he landed in the hospital this week.
On Wednesday, The Blast reported that Leland Chapman, son of Dog, was seriously injured during his first manhunt following Beth Chapman’s death.
What was initially believed to be a torn ACL is actually a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Leland sat down with “Entertainment Tonight” and told the full story of how it all went down. He says he recently had knee surgery and is still rehabbing it, so he is not supposed to be fighting or running.
“Two minutes before we get [to the manhunt location] they say the guy is gonna run, so we pull up on the guy. I get out of the car. I walked right to the side. I see him. He’s running, so I call the runner to try to go catch him, but he slipped and fell.”
Because Leland can’t run, Dog told him to get in a car and chase the fugitive.
“So I jumped in the first vehicle I see. My intention was just to cut him off in the park in front of him and just wait because everybody was kinda close behind him. When I pulled in, he made eye contact with me, and I was seeing that this guy is running at slow speed, my speed, you know what I mean? ‘Cause he was tired himself.”
Leland got out of the car and hobbled after the guy, who ran behind a fence and slammed the gate in Leland’s face.
“And right at that second, instead of opening the gate, I knew he was still right behind it, so I tried to kick it open. He was a bigger guy, [so I was hoping] the gate would hit him and knock him down so we could get him.”
But Leland’s idea didn’t go as planned, and he ended up seriously hurting himself:
“When I went to kick the gate, it kind of flexed and then it completely severed off my Achilles tendon. So it broke. Snapped it right in half. When I put my foot down, I kind of felt like it was asleep. I felt like I was walking on sand.”
That didn’t stop Leland from continuing the chase.
“I knew I could still catch him, so I hobbled around the shed. I saw him. He was halfway up on the fence, so I was able to get off one shot on the taser. I hit him actually kind of in the Achilles tendon himself and in the butt. As he fell, I tried to go over the fence, but there was no way I could jump it. So I just watched him and he was just kind of laying on the ground long enough for everybody to kind of catch up.”
The guy tried to make a run for it again, but the rest of the crew was able to overtake him and arrest the fugitive.
Leland deserves some kind of raise for this bravery.