A chance encounter at a roadside diner results in the shooting death of one member of a gang of three holdup men and the abduction of Officer Jimmy Simpson. Alice (the diner waitress) alerts the Highway Patrol and Dan Mathews uses the Patrol's helicopter to follow them in the rough terrain. The two release Simpson after knocking him unconscious, but they take refuge in a remote farmhouse and terrorize its occupant, Mrs. Dean. Given the ruthlessness and unpredictability of the two fugitives, Dan decides to take a chance on helping the frightened woman escape her captors so he can utilize the helicopter to obtain an ideal vantage point for using tear gas to force the criminals into the open. Written by
Bob Gilbreath played the helicopter pilot. Sadly the actor would die in a helicopter crash three years later in 1961 at age 35. See more »
When the criminal pulls his gun on the woman at the farmhouse, it is a 4 inch barrel revolver. In the following scene as he is pushing her inside, it is now a 2 inch barrel snub nose revolver. See more »
The resident officer is a very important part of the Highway Patrol system. In isolated sections of the state, where the population is sparse, the resident officer is on duty 24 hours a day. His only contact with headquarters is by radio. When trouble comes to these areas, the officer is on his own, and forced to make quick, life-and-death decisions. In the remote, southern section of the state, James Simpson had been the resident officer for two years. April 8th started out as ...
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