Chandler Police Release Harrowing Video of Officer Involved Shooting
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler Police Department released surveillance footage from an officer involved shooting that occurred in April 2016. The shootout left two officers injured and the suspect dead.
On April 23, 2016, at around 6:21 a.m., Officers Joshua Pueblo and Daniel Colwell responded to a non-emergency call about a person trespassing at a Walmart store, police said.
Colwell arrived first and spoke with the suspect that police identified as Mitchell Oakley. Police said that shortly after Pueblo arrived, Oakley then shot both officers multiple times, reported ABC News.
The video contains multiple angles of the scene unfolding. Officers can be seen talking with Oakley, who is seated in a chair in front of them. As Oakley stands up, he suddenly starts shooting as citizens run for cover.
Pueblo, 34, was shot in the torso, arm, and face, police said. Colwell, 29, was shot in the torso. The force of the bullets graphically sent him flying through a display before heroically returning fire. Oakley absorbed a fatal round as he tried to run out of the store, according to police.
“In a matter of seconds, the suspect fired six rounds at the officers,” Officer Seth Tyler, a police spokesman, told ABC News in an email. “Faced with the threat of imminent death, both officers were exceptional in their actions. The threat was stopped and no innocent bystanders were injured.”
WARNING: Video contains graphic imagery.
The Chandler Police Department said that Pueblo is still recovering from nerve damage to his face, and has not yet returned to duty.
Colwell has been back on duty for a few months.
Police said the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office was still investigating the incident. Police did not comment on why Oakley opened fire.