Connor Sturgeon bodycam police video shows final moments as Louisville gunman waited for cops in the lobby after gunning down five bank co-workers upstairs.
From start to finish to when Connor Sturgeon started firing at co-workers until he was taken down by responding officers, a total of nine minutes elapsed.
Come Tuesday afternoon, the Louisville Metro Police Department released body camera footage showing the final moments of Monday morning’s drama as they engaged Connor Sturgeon, 23, who after ambushing co-workers on a first floor conference floor had descended to the lobby waiting for arriving cops.
Bodycam video shows officers en route to the deadly downtown Louisville scene at Old National Bank as they alight and turn to confront the gunman, who only bought an AR-15 rifle days prior to Monday morning’s bloodbath.
LMPD officers Cory Galloway and rookie Nick Wilt were the first officers to arrive at the scene about two minutes later, where Sturgeon was waiting for them inside the lobby.
The officers exchanged gunfire with Sturgeon, who aimed his rifle at them. Wilt was shot in the head and Galloway was grazed in the shoulder by a bullet. Galloway returns fire, killing the gunman.
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‘We need to get up there, I don’t know where he’s at,’
In the first video released by cops, officers Wilt and Cory Galloway approach the bank in a police cruiser. As they arrive and park outside the building, Sturgeon opens fire on them, forcing the officers to quickly pull the car back up.
Galloway arms himself with his police rifle and confirm the shots are being fired inside the bank, as they walk toward the lobby.
LMPD Deputy Chief Paul Humphrey said Sturgeon had a better vantage point over the officers, who could not see into the lobby due to its tinted glass.
As Wilt and Galloway run up the steps and approach the front of the bank, nine shots are heard. Galloway, who is in the lead, rolls over and then drops down the stairs and takes cover.
He is separated from Wilt at this point, but it is understood the younger officer was able to fire into the building, despite being shot in the head.
At this point other officers are heard arriving on the scene.
Galloway says: ‘The shooter has an angle on that officer. We need to get up there, I don’t know where he’s at, the glass is blocking him.’
‘I think I got him down, I think he’s down’
Officer Galloway tries to find an angle to shoot from as further cars and officers arrive on the scene.
Around a minute later, more shots can be heard. Galloway repeats, ‘God, don’t have an angle,’ then a pane of glass at the front of the bank is seen shattering. He moves slightly right and exchanges fire with Sturgeon, shooting four times.
He then shouts, ‘I think I got him down, I think he’s down, get down on the floor now, get down the stairs.’
As he then moves up the stairs he shouts ‘suspect down, get the officer.’ Galloway then steps through the broken glass on the floor into the bank and approaches Sturgeon, who is slumped on the floor with his left hand across his stomach and his rifle lying next to him. The building was then confirmed secure by police by 8:45am, around 15 minutes after the carnage began.
Humphrey said new officer Wilt, who had only been sworn into the force a week earlier, went into the situation and acted based on his ‘training and his character. He did not hesitate even when being shot at.
‘This young man went back in to the line of fire in order to protect others, and you’re going to see that and how he made his decisions and how they ultimately protected other people’s lives.’
Wilt, 26, was transported to hospital and underwent brain surgery Monday, but is said to be in a critical but stable condition by LMPD.
Officials identified the five victims killed in the spree as Tommy Elliott, 63, Jim Tutt, 64, Joshua Barrick, 40, Juliana Farmer, 45, and Deanna Eckert, 57.
Two victims remain in the ICU, including Wilt, who has undergone brain surgery and is still sedated.