The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department released the bodycam footage of the two heroic officers that brought an end to the transgender killer’s “active shooting” that left six victims, including three children, dead. (Video at the bottom of the story.)
MNPD Police Chief John Drake said Officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo shot at 28-year-old Audrey Elizabeth Hale and “fatally wounded her.”
Englebert, a 4-year MNPD veteran, and Collazo, a 9-year MNPD veteran, made sure no other children or adults at the private Christian school would be brutally murdered.
Below is the full statement from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department:
Chief John Drake and the men and women of the MNPD join all of Nashville in mourning today’s deaths of six innocent persons, three nine-year-old’s and three adults, at the hands of an active shooter at Covenant Church/School on Burton Hills Drive.
The deceased are identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, William Kinney, and Hallie Scruggs, all age nine, Mike Hill, age 61, Cynthia Peak, age 61, and Katherine Koonce, ago 60.
The shooter, Audrey Elizabeth Hale, 28, who attended the school years ago, arrived on campus in her Honda Fit. She was heavily armed with three guns, two of them assault-type weapons, and, as seen in surveillance video, shot her way into the church/school through doors on the side of the building.
The first call to 911 about shots being fired in the building came in at 10:13 a.m. Officers rushed to the campus, made entry and began clearing the building. Shots were heard coming from the second level. It was on the second floor, in a common area, that a team of officers encountered Hale shooting (she had been firing through a window at arriving police cars). Two members of an officer team fired on Hale and fatally wounded her. Those two officers are Officer Rex Engelbert, a four-year MNPD veteran, and Officer Michael Collazo, a nine-year MNPD veteran.
Writings recovered from Hale revealed that her attack was calculated and planned.
A search warrant executed at Hale’s Brightwood Avenue home resulted in the seizure of a sawed-off shotgun, a second shotgun, and other evidence.
The investigation by several MNPD components, with assistance from our partners at the TBI, FBI, ATF and THP, is continuing.
THe MNPD released the bodycam footage Tuesday:
“MNPD Officers Rex Engelbert, a 4-year veteran, and Michael Collazo, a 9-year veteran, were part of a team of officers who responded to the Covenant Church/School campus Monday morning and immediately entered the building. Both of those officers fired on the shooter, who was killed. This is their body camera footage.”
WATCH THE BODYCAM FOOTAGE BELOW (WARNING: GRAPHIC):