New information is emerging today about the cops who took down the crazed gunman “mid-rampage” as he terrorized a community college campus in Oregon yesterday.
Two cops are being hailed as heroes today, as their Sheriff releases new details of the chaotic scene at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg — when authorities first learned that a mass shooter was on campus.
A dramatic audio recording, from police dispatch, captures the frightening moments as officers first confront the killer — 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer.
John Hanlin, the sheriff of Douglas County, told local news media that two of his officers entered the school building “within minutes” of the attack starting, and exchanged fire with the shooter.
In some of the first communications of the morning, dispatchers can be heard talking about an ‘active shooter’ on the UCC campus, discussing one woman who’d been reported as shot.
According to eyewitnesses, Mercer shot a teacher in the head through a classroom door, then forced students to lie on the floor and asked them to stand up “one-by-one.” Survivors told local reporters that Mercer asked the victims their religion, before gunning them down.
Officers narrowed down the shooter’s location to Synder Hall, where there were reports that “somebody outside one of the doors was shooting through the doors.”
Moments later, the cops first come onto the radio to report that “they have found the shooter.” Speaking to the dispatchers, a male officer says: ‘We are exchanging shots with him. He’s in a classroom on the southeast side of the hall.’
After a short pause in communication, the officer radios back, to say ‘Code 4, suspect is down’.
The officer is also heard saying: ‘[We need] multiple medical units. Suspect is down, we have multiple gunshot wounds, we are going to need multiple ambulances on scene.’
Mercer killed at least 10 people and wounded seven more during the attack. Police say he had an AR-style assault rifle, along with three handguns.
Sheriff Hanlin did not reveal the two officers’ identities, but said they would be issued by another department at a later date, according to the Daily Mail.