Police in Chandler, Arizona, have released surveillance footage from an April 2016 shootout that left two officers injured and the suspect dead.
On April 23, 2016, at around 6:21 a.m., Officers Joshua Pueblo and Daniel Colwell responded to a non-emergency call about a person trespassing at a Walmart store, police said.
Colwell arrived first and spoke with the suspect, whom police identified as Mitchell Oakley. Police said that shortly after Pueblo arrived, Oakley then shot both officers multiple times.
In the video footage, which shows multiple angles of the scene unfolding, officers can be seen talking with Oakley, who is seated in a chair in front of them. As Oakley stands up, he suddenly starts shooting as shoppers scatter.
Pueblo, 34, was shot three times — in the torso, arm and face, police said. Colwell, 29, was shot two or three times in the torso. The force of the bullets sent him flying through a display. But he was able to get back up and return fire, killing Oakley as he tried to run out of the store, according to police.
“In a matter of seconds, the suspect fired six rounds at the officers,” Officer Seth Tyler, a police spokesman, told ABC News in an email today. “Faced with the threat of imminent death, both officers were exceptional in their actions. The threat was stopped and no innocent bystanders were injured.”
Both officers were wearing ballistic vests.
It’s a perfect example of how a completely routine situation that should have been nothing can suddenly blossom into a gunfight without warning.
It appears that the suspect, Oakley, got all six shots off at the very beginning of the incident as soon as he stood up.
Hit in the torso, arm, and face, Officer Joshua Pueblo withdrew deeper into the store, while Officer Daniel Colwell withdrew at an angle towards the door.
Oakley made a break for the exit and might have escaped, but after he dropped his gun, he unwisely returned for it. By then, Colwell appears to have stabilized his position and began to make effective hits, dropping Oakley in the front of the store.
You’ll note that Colwell was forced to shoot while on his back, learning on his gun arm…
While laying flat on his back…
While trying to rise…
And finally regained his feet to finish the fight.
While it may be difficult to find a low-restriction range that will allow you to train from some of these positions, I’d recommend that you learn to fight from unconventional positions, even if that means you end up having to do dry fire at home.
We don’t always get to fight from the positions we use on a typical range.