Authorities in Ohio can be seen racing into action in surveillance video showing the chaotic moments when the gunman — who ultimately shot nine people dead — opened fire early Sunday in a Dayton neighborhood full of bars and restaurants, sending revelers scrambling.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl released the videos during a news conference Sunday afternoon that showed officers engaging 24-year-old Connor Betts — who was armed witha .223-caliber rifle with magazines capable of holding at least 100 rounds of ammunition — seconds after he opened fire at 1:05 a.m. in Dayton’s bustling Oregon District.
Biehl said police officers on patrol in the area engaged him seconds after the first gunshots were heard and added that Betts was “neutralized” within 30 seconds after the first of “dozens of rounds.” The 24-year-old was shot and killed by six police officers before he entered Ned Peppers Bar.
“Had this individual made it through the doorway of Ned Peppers, there would have been catastrophic injury and loss of life,” the chief told reporters.
The videos showed officers pursuing Betts around the corner of a restaurant, engaging him and stopping him at the doorstep of Ned Peppers.
“In most situations, we don’t see this type of reaction,” Former Secret Service agent and law enforcement analyst Evy Poumpouras said on “Fox & Friends.” “The officers happened to be near and they happened to be able to respond. We were fortunate in this situation.”
Poumpouras added that the video showed “the bravery and heroism” of the police response.
“We’re seeing so many more of these, police are having to adjust and go into these situations and respond, it’s a really difficult time to be in law enforcement right now,” she added.
ayton Mayor Nan Whaley told “America’s Newsroom” on Monday that five of the six officers had only been on the police force for three years or less. Whaley described the officers to Fox News’ Sandra Smith as “really well trained.”
“If they had not been there, the shooter would have gotten into an establishment and hundreds would have been dead on Sunday morning instead of nine,” she told Fox News.
Among the videos released by police on Sunday afternoon include the moment when shots initially rang out, and…
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