A police officer’s daily duty can, in the blink of an eye, transform from rather mundane to an incredibly tense life-and-death situation, yet even in the midst of a potentially life-threatening situation, some officers remain as calm as if nothing extraordinary is occurring.
Such was the case during a shootout between police officers and the armed robber of a convenience store on June 13 in Denver, according to Breitbart, as evidenced by the bodycam footage of the two officers primarily involved in the incident.
Though the shooting occurred in June, the footage of the incident was not released to the public until Wednesday. It showed how Officer Travis Lloyd remained calm and in control of the situation even after being shot in the leg during an exchange of gunfire with the fleeing armed robber, who was killed in the shootout.
According to KDVR-TV, Lloyd recently was cleared in court of any charges in the shooting as his lethal response was deemed justified.
The bodycam footage of the incident, from the perspective of both officers, was released by prosecutors in the case.
(Warning: Video contains graphic violence, blood and explicit language.)
The suspect, identified as Carnell Nelson, had just robbed a 7-Eleven store at gunpoint and was running down a busy street when Lloyd and his partner began to chase him after being flagged down by a store employee.
Nelson, with the cash register still held in one hand, turned and opened fire with a handgun on the pursuing officers, striking Lloyd in the leg, prior to being dropped to the sidewalk when he was hit by the officer’s return fire.
Lloyd, even as he was bleeding from the gunshot wound to his thigh, remained calm and kept his service weapon trained on the downed suspect as he changed magazines and called in on his radio to request his own ambulance and report the situation.
While Lloyd kept his firearm pointed toward the suspect, his partner placed a tourniquet on his leg to slow the bleeding until paramedics could arrive.
Within moments, other officers began to arrive on the scene, and it was only then that Lloyd and his partner relaxed a bit, with Lloyd calmly stating, “That hurt. That hurt quite a bit,” and his partner replying, “I bet it did.”
Once it was clear that the other officers closer to the downed suspect had him under control, Lloyd finally lowered his weapon and backed off to hobble behind a pillar so he could remain behind cover.
It was then that he was alerted to the fact that an innocent bystander behind them had also been hit in the ankle by one of the several rounds fired by Nelson.
Ignoring his own injury, Lloyd hobbled as quickly as could over to the downed woman and instructed her children to keep pressure on the wound while he called for another ambulance.
Lloyd’s partner then checked on him and told him to go sit in their squad car and wait for the ambulance, but Lloyd replied, “I’m good.” His partner snapped back, “I know you’re good, sit the f— down!”
This officer seemed entirely unfazed by the fact that he had been shot in the leg in a shootout with an armed suspect, and proceeded to go about his business as if nothing had happened, at least until other officers had arrived and taken control of the situation.
This was nothing short of impressive, and it just goes to show the sort of bravery, heroism and professionalism displayed by police officers around the country on a daily basis.
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