Officials have released footage of an Indiana officer shooting his female colleague in the back, reportedly leaving her in serious but stable condition.
The Journal & Courier reported that the Lafayette Police Department released three body cam videos showing officer Aaron Wright’s shooting of officer Lane Butler. The shooting occurred on Tuesday while the three officers were entering an apartment in search of a suspect with a history of narcotics, weapons, and violence and was wanted on a warrant.
ABC News reported that the officers didn’t find a suspect but a large dog. About 25 seconds into the video, Butler can be seen exiting the home with her partner not far behind. Police claimed the dog escaped from its cage and is heard barking loudly before Wright shoots Butler in her back.
Police said the dog had attacked Wright from behind in the moments leading up to the shooting, though it wasn’t captured on camera.
In addition to releasing the footage Friday, the police department announced it ruled the shooting an accident. As a result, Wright’s not expected to face any disciplinary action, according to the news outlet.
“Our conclusion in this incident was this was not a result of an act of negligence, carelessness or otherwise reckless behavior,” Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly told reporters Friday. “It was accidental.”
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