A rookie officer on his fourth shift was one of the first two officers to descend on the downtown Louisville bank where an employee opened fire Monday, and the rookie was struck by a barrage of bullets moments after it left him in critical condition, body – shows the camera footage.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department released body camera footage Tuesday showing how the gunman in the deadly shooting, Connor Sturgeon, was declared «down» just seven minutes after the initial dispatch call.
The footage, which was edited and blurred by the police department, shows Officer Nickolas Wilt, who graduated from the police academy on March 31, driving to the scene of the shooting with Officer Training Cory Galloway, who has been in the department since 2018.
The two ran up the bank steps at 8:41 a.m. and were shot seconds later.
Galloway is seen dropping to the ground and taking cover behind a planter and returning fire. The video does not show Wilt being shot, but a blurry figure is seen behind Galloway as he runs for cover.
Police included a still photo in footage released from inside the bank showing the gunman wearing jeans and sneakers and holding a rifle at his side.
Louisville Deputy Police Chief Paul Humphrey said the gunman had an elevated position behind glass doors that gave him a tactical advantage and meant no one could see him.
At one point, Galloway is heard yelling, «He’s shooting straight through these windows, right at the officer.»
More officers are seen arriving at the bank as sirens wail in the background.
At 8:44 a.m., Galloway is seen opening fire towards the doors and glass is seen breaking. Seconds later he yells, «I think I got him down! I think he’s down!»
Galloway then strode into the building, yelling at other police officers in the area to «Get the officer» and entered the bank through the broken glass doors where a figure passed, blurred, lying on the ground.
A timeline shared by police in the footage said officers were initially dispatched at 8:38 a.m., arrived on scene at 8:41 a.m., and officers entered the bank to confirm the shooter had gone down at 8:45 a.m.
In the bank shooting, five people were killed and eight others were injured, including the two officers.
Sturgeon shot both officers in the confrontation. Galloway was grazed on the left side of him, while Wilt was shot in the head, police said.
Wilt was hospitalized and remains in critical condition and in ICU, UofL Health said Wednesday morning.
Officials praised Wilt and Galloway for their bravery in responding to the wave of gunfire.
“It’s easy to tell an officer that you have to run into the gunfire. It’s another thing if they actually do it,» Humphrey said during a news conference on Tuesday.
«What you saw in that video was absolutely incredible… They deserve to be honored for what they did because it’s not something that comes easily,» he said. “Anyone who gets shot, reacts. For people to react by staying there, staying in the fire and coming back to the scene, staying in danger, that’s superhuman.»
Police said Sturgeon was using an AR-15-style rifle that he had purchased from an authorized dealer less than a week before the carnage on Monday, April 4.
In stark contrast, police video footage showed Wilt holding a pistol before approaching the bank. It also showed Galloway retrieving a rifle-style firearm from the trunk of his police vehicle.
Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg told NBC’s Tom Llamas on NBC News Now Tuesday night, «We have officers here who are outgunned by raiders» and called the discrepancy «infuriating.»
While details about what prompted the shooting were not immediately clear, authorities said Sturgeon, 25, was an Old National Bank employee and had livestreamed the attack, which was quickly removed, according to owner Meta. from Facebook and Instagram.
Sturgeon’s family said in a statement Tuesday that he had «mental health issues» that they were trying to address, but he was showing no signs of violence.
«While we have many unanswered questions, we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement and do everything we can to help everyone understand why and how this happened,» the family said.
Investigations into the shooting are ongoing.