I just mean it makes more sense to wait until you’re closer to yell “Police- stop!” than to yell it and alert the guy when you get out of your car half a block away. The police (on the shows I watch anyway) yell it naively as though they think the guy is REALLY going to stay put until they can cuff him. It makes more sense to approach the guy without drawing attention to yourself, and THEN yell and nab him when you’re only a few feet away.
As for running, if you’re the one the police yell at when THEY’RE a block away, and it’s an urban setting, it makes perfect sense to run. Especially if it’s your neighborhood and you know the good hiding places. But heck, the bad guys run in a convenience store? In a hospital? In their own (small) house? Sometimes even in the police station. I guess if they were smart, they’d be rocket scientists, not bad guys. Although some of the bad guys turn out to *be *rocket scientists.
A foot chase definitely makes better entertainment than a peaceful surrender, I get that, of course. I just want it to make sense.
One of the great foot chases was in Point Break where Patrick Swayze ran forever, including through people’s houses.