The Nashville Police Department has released bodycam footage from the officers who took down Audrey Elizabeth Hale, the shooter who killed seven people at the Covenant School. MNPD Officers Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo, with 4-year and 9-year experience respectively, captured the bodycam footage from the moment they arrived at the school in response to emergency calls. As they exit their police vehicles, a woman informs Engelbert about how “… the kids are all locked down, but we have two kids that we don’t know where they are,” while confirming that all others are in lockdown. The officers promptly enter the building, check classrooms, and encounter gunshots from the second floor.
At approximately three minutes into the video, the officers rush to the second floor and engage in a direct confrontation with the shooter. Following a roughly thirty-second exchange of gunfire, Engelbert and Collazo shoot and fatally wound Hale near a large window located in the second-floor lobby.
Watch the full video below:
The CEO of Global Security Group and a former DEA special agent Dave Katz has said that officer Engelbert and Collazo are “heroes indeed.”
“That’s exactly what has to be done,” he told Fox. “Heedless of officer safety, you enter and dispatch the shooter.”
According to Fox:
Hale had attended the school years ago, the Metro Nashville Police Department said Monday.
They said the killer left written material indicating the attack “was calculated and planned.”
According to its website, the Covenant School opened in 2001 as part of the Covenant Presbyterian Church and served children from pre-K through sixth grade.
The child victims included the pastor’s daughter, Hallie Scruggs, as well as Evelyn Dieckhaus and William Kinney. Police identified the adults as 60-year-old Head of School Katherine Koonce, Cynthia Peak, 61, and Mike Hill, 61.