Editor Note: Our team at Law Enforcement Today debated whether or not to share the videos. We have an extremely close relationship with Concerns of Police Survivors and have spent countless hours with friends and loved ones who have lost their officers in the line of duty.
Ultimately, after the department informed us that they shared the videos with the family first and wanted them released to the public, we decided to honor that request. We believe it’s crucial to show the dangers that our law enforcement officers face daily… and also show how warriors will run into gun fire to take out the enemy when lives are on the line.
May God bless this officer and his family. Officer Stephen Carr, you will never be forgotten. We will fight for you and for your loved ones.
FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS- In what was a tragic and deadly week for law enforcement, we lost 8 officers in 7 days, all to violent offenders. Two of the seven were Houston area officers, Sgt. Brewster (Houston Police Department) and Sgt. Sullivan (Nassau Bay Police Department). Another officer had a Houston-area link.
Last night, senseless tragedy struck in Fayetteville as well as here in Houston. Officer Stephen Carr, son of a retired HPD Sergeant, was ambushed and murdered. "Evidence shows that Officer Carr was executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle."https://t.co/7Xxfeh6Z5A pic.twitter.com/1fvudbborK
— Houston Police Officers' Union (@HPOUTX) December 8, 2019
That officer, Stephen Carr, was executed outside the police department. His murder and the perpetrator were captured on video surveillance.
“We have hesitated to release the security footage of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime,” the sheriff’s office said.
The comments were shared in a Facebook post.
“But in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident along with the results of the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s preliminary findings.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has released the video and autopsy of Officer Stephen Carr and the suspect that shot and killed him on December 7th.
The video was shared with Officer Carr’s family before being released publicly.
According to the autopsy, Officer Carr was shot 10 times in the head while parked at the Fayetteville Police Department at 9:42 p.m. The medical examiner said that any of those 10 shots would have been fatal by themselves.
The autopsy of the suspect, 35-year-old London T. Phillips, showed that he was shot 6 times. Phillips died after exchanging gunfire with several officers.
Phillips used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun with a laser when he shot Officer Carr, which the sheriff department said he legally bought in 2017.
The department also said that he had a full box of ammo, containing 50 rounds, and another partial box of ammo, containing 32 rounds, with him during the attack.
The preliminary investigation shows that the suspect fired 16 rounds and reloaded the gun with another full magazine, containing 17 rounds.
A preliminary report by police said the suspect was “interested” in anti-law enforcement groups on Facebook. Police have said Phillips was “looking for an officer to kill” when he shot Carr.
Fayetteville’s police chief on Sunday said Phillips had a “brief history” with his department. Police received a call in December 2018 about Phillips impersonating a police officer, he said.
In April, Phillips pawned a gun at a local pawn shop. Reynolds said the owner of the shop would not return the gun because Phillips had a medical marijuana card, which disqualifies someone from possessing a gun in Arkansas.
In the videos released by the sheriff’s departments, the suspect is first seen walking south on Block Avenue, then crosses Block Avenue and continues into the alleyway behind the police department.
He then walked up to Officer Carr’s car from behind and shooting.
According to Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamladi, Carr was the son of a retired Houston police sergeant. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he was also the step-son of a current Houston police officer.
The night of Officer Carr’s death we shared the following details.
Fayetteville police just released the tragic details surrounding the Saturday night murder of one of their officers. Here’s what they say happened.
Around 9:42 p.m., officers heard gunshots behind the Fayetteville Police Department.
Police from inside the department responded immediately and heard additional gunshots. When they got into the back lot, they found an armed suspect directly behind the police department.
He was later identified as London T. Phillips, 35, of Fayetteville.
Police said the armed man had a confrontation with officers in which they fired their weapons at him, hitting him repeatedly.
Moments later, officers located Officer Stephen Carr shot inside his patrol vehicle.
They immediately rendered aid to both the officer and suspect.
Just three minutes later, Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS arrived on scene and began life saving efforts for both the officer and suspect. Police said both the wounded officer and suspect succumbed to their injuries and died at the scene.
Police say that the evidence shows that Officer Carr was ambushed and executed while sitting in his patrol vehicle. They also said that a preliminary investigation also shows that two officers, whose names have not yet been released, fired at the suspect.
— Lisa Brence (@theLovelyLisaB) December 8, 2019
As per city and department policy, the officers have been placed on paid administrative leave until the Chief of Police is able to review the findings of the investigation.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) are conducting the investigation into what happened.
According to the department, Officer Stephen Carr was hired at the Fayetteville Police Department in April of 2017.
He was assigned as a patrol officer, currently working in the Dickson street entertainment district and served for nearly three years.
“We would like to thank our community for their outpouring of support, along with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners for their quick response and assistance,” said a press release from the department. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time.”
Here’s updated information from the Fayetteville Police Department about the deadly shooting. pic.twitter.com/zJu5e6qiO3
— Katelynn Zoellner (@KZoellnerTV) December 8, 2019
The gunfire touched off a panic at the nearby Fayetteville square.
— Jesse Pierre 🇭🇹🇨🇦 (@JessePierre_) December 8, 2019
In a briefing with media members shortly before 11 p.m., police chief Mike Reynolds said responders found an officer shot outside the downtown station. The officers then located the gunman and chased him to a nearby alley, where he was fatally shot.
“It appears that the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer,” Reynolds said.
Fayetteville’s Police Department is near the city’s square. According to reports, the shots were heard by people attending the Lights of the Ozarks on the square.
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