Louisville police have released dramatic body camera footage from Monday’s bank shooting, showing officers arriving, being ambushed and then shooting dead the 25-year-old disgruntled employee who murdered five colleagues.
Over the course of six minutes, police are seen driving up to Old National Bank as gunshots are echoing through the building, and then charging at the doors. One officer is shot in the head in an ambush: the gunman was then killed.
The footage was released at a news conference on Tuesday, detailing the Louisville Metro Police Department’s quick response to the massacre.
Officials arrived at the scene within just three minutes of receiving a call about an active shooter at the bank, and just three minutes after that, the suspect, Connor Sturgeon, was pronounced dead.
The footage begins at 8:40am, with Officer Nickolas Wilt, 26, driving to the scene in his 10th day on the job.
In the passenger seat is his training officer, Officer Cory ‘CJ’ Galloway.
Wilt drives at speed towards the scene: Galloway urges him to pull up outside the bank but, on hearing a volley of gunshots, yells at Wilt to reverse so they are protected by a wall.
‘Back up, back up, back up!’ Galloway yells, then tells Wilt: ‘Pop the trunk.’
The two officers get out the patrol car and run to the trunk. Galloway takes a long rifle: Wilt has a hand gun.
Galloway leads the way, and the pair pause behind a wall to assess the situation for a couple of seconds before Galloway at 8:41am walks up the steps.
Galloway radios to headquarters: ‘We are making entry to the east side.’
Wilt is behind him. His camera then stops. Wilt was shot in the head, and underwent brain surgery on Monday evening. He remains in critical condition.
Galloway’s body camera continues recording as he hears the gunshots, turns, and sees Wilt on the steps of the bank.
Galloway falls to the ground, appears to roll, then scampers down the steps behind a wall.
‘God damn it!’ Galloway yells.
Sirens can be heard, indicating more emergency personnel arriving.
‘The shooter has an angle on that officer, we need to get up there,’ Galloway says.
‘We need to get up there. I don’t know where he is, the glass is blocking him.’
Galloway tries to see where Sturgeon is, looking around a bush in an effort to get a clear line of sight.
Another officer arrives behind Galloway.
‘He’s shooting straight through these windows, right at the officer,’ Galloway tells him.
Soon, another barrage of gunfire could be heard as Galloway exclaims that he does not have an angle on the shooter.
Eventually, though, Galloway says, ‘I think he’s down. Suspect down, get the officer.’
It remains unclear who shot and killed Sturgeon.
The video released Tuesday shows the shooter pointing his gun directly at rookie officer Nickolas Wilt while frantic officers tried to spot the gunman as Sturgeon took advantage of his higher ground to fire on the officers below.
After a few minutes, Officer Galloway could be heard saying he believes the victim is ‘down’ and urges his colleagues to check on Wilt, who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.
Sturgeon was said to have been suicidal and was seen waiting for police to arrive in a livestream of the attack he posted on Instagram.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, but only after killing five of his co-workers and injuring eight others.
Connor Sturgeon, 25, was identified as the lone gunman in an attack at the Old National Bank Monday morning that killed five people and injured eight others. He is pictured in surveillance footage casually dressed while holding an AR-15
Body camera footage taken from Officer Nick Wilt shows he immediately approached the bank after hearing gunfire
The footage released on Tuesday shows the officers bravely pulling up to the scene of the Old National Bank as at least three gunshots could be heard.
Officer Wilt, who was just 10 days into his job on the police force, immediately ran up the stairs outside the bank.
‘We do have shots fired,’ he radios.
It then cuts to body camera footage from Officer Galloway, which shows him running up the stairs at the bank and immediately get fired on.
The impact of the gunshots blasted the officer backwards, but that did not seem to stop Galloway, who got back up and ran back down the stairs.
Bystander footage showed him stumbling and falling as he tried to get away.
After seeking cover, two more shots could be heard before Galloway curses and says, ‘The shooter has an angle on that officer.’
Galloway announced that the suspect was ‘down’ after a few minutes of exchanging gunfire
Galloway kept his gun drawn as he approached the suspect, lying on the ground
Officials said at a news conference that nobody else was shot after police arrived on the scene at around 8.41am Monday.