Shocking new video shows the murder of a police officer as he responded to a domestic incident. The Stockton police officer could barely say hello before a gunman opened the door and shot the cop at point-blank range.
The incident, which killed both Officer Jimmy Inn and suspect Lance Lowe, happened on May 11. On June 22, Stockton, California, police released body camera footage and 911 calls from the incident.
Police Chief Eric Jones said the footage was difficult to see, but the department released the video to be transparent. Several investigations into the officer-involved shooting continue.
Around 9:45 a.m. on May 11, 911 dispatchers received information about a disturbance at a home on La Cresta Way.
“They’re screaming, yelling,” the caller said on the call. “The windows are shaking.”
Then the caller adds, “I think the man is going crazy over there. He’s been acting really strange the last couple of days.”
The witness also reported there was a woman with a ripped shirt who was bleeding, according to Stockton police.
Inn was dispatched and arrived at 10:07 a.m., the body camera footage shows him arriving at the home and knocking on the door. He says, “police.”
A few seconds pass and someone inside says, “Hey police.”
As the door opens, Inn says “Hello” as a black man simultaneously points a gun and shoots at the officer. The officer barely had the chance to finish the word before he was hit and fell to the ground. Gunshots could be heard as the officer landed on the grass.
Officer Pancho Freer arrived and saw the suspect — identified as Lowe, 30 — standing over Inn. Lowe shot at Freer and hit his patrol car. Freer fired back as he fell into his car, and the shooting exchange was captured on his body-worn camera.
Lowe went back inside the home and exited holding his 8-year-old son in his hands.
Lowe then started to strangle the child and refused Freer’s commands.
“Don’t do it,” Freer said on the body-worn camera, the glass shattered in the window of his patrol cruiser still visible in the frame. “Let the kid go.”
Freer told Lowe to stop as the child kicked, trying to free himself from the 30-year-old man’s grasp. Women could be heard screaming in the background as the strangulation continued.
As Freer approached the suspect, a community member tackled Lowe and the child was freed. Freer then shot Lowe multiple times.
Officers provided first-aid to both Inn and Lowe, according to Stockton police. They were both taken to the hospital, where the two were pronounced dead. The 8-year-old was unharmed and released to his mother.
State and county investigations into the shooting continue. The department is also conducting a review of its policies.
Inn was hired in Dec. 2015 and worked in the field operations division. Freer worked in the same division and was hired in April 2012.