A Denver shootout resulted in one officer getting shot in the leg and an armed robbery suspect dead.
Police recently released body camera footage of the June shooting. Watch the video above.
Inside the Denver Shootout
At approximately 7:53 p.m. on June 13, the suspect, identified as Carnell Nelson, pulled out a handgun inside a 7-Eleven, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Denver Police Officers Sean Drew and Travis Lloyd happened to be patrolling the area when the store clerk flagged them down. Bystanders warned the officers that Nelson had a gun, the DA said.
The officers spotted Nelson carrying a cash drawer, according to the DA. As they pursued, Nelson allegedly turned and opened fire.
Lloyd returned fire, striking Nelson in his chest, the DA said. The shot killed Nelson.
As he returned fire, a round from Nelson’s gun struck Lloyd in his upper thigh.
“After the shooting stopped, Officer Drew attended to Officer Lloyd and quickly placed a tourniquet on Officer Llotd’s upper thigh,” the DA said.
The DA confirmed that Nelson opened fire first, shooting a total of five rounds from his .40-caliber handgun.
Lloyd fired a total of 13 rounds from his 9mm sidearm, the DA also confirmed.
“I guess you never know how you’re going to react when you’re getting shot at, but once I recognized that I was getting shot at, I was not going to let him kill me,” Lloyd told the DA’s office. “I’m not going to let him get away, you know, after shooting me. I mean he shoots me, I’m going to make sure that he stops shooting at me and doesn’t have the ability to kill somebody else, you know, or try to kill somebody else.”
Errant rounds hit two bystanders during the shootout, according to the DA. Both victims survived. One victim was struck in the leg by one of Nelson’s rounds while the other was “grazed” by a round from Lloyd.