LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The Public Integrity Unit is investigating after Officer Sarah Stumler fired her weapon at Bruce Warrick, 38, sending him to the hospital.
WHAS11 News watched the body camera video with former police officer and current Metro Councilman David James.
The video shows the officer shooting through the mattress, hitting Warrick standing behind it.
“I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like that before,” James said. “Well, you know, it didn't appear that he was being aggressive or anything. It looked like he was hiding, but maybe from her angle it maybe looked like he had a gun in his hand, I don't know.”
Warrick is in critical condition after this officer involved shooting on Magazine Street.
“Is he going to make it or not? That's all I'm hearing from the mom. I don't hear her talking about, you know, law suits and all that,” said community activist Chrisopher 2X.
Christopher 2X watched the video with a family member of Warrick inside the public integrity unit moments before LMPD Chief Steve Conrad showed it publicly. Conrad was asked, ‘what's the policy for how officers are supposed to hold their guns?’
"The training is you want to hold your weapon with the muzzle down pointed away. You don't want to accidentally have it discharged,” he said.
Conrad says three officers, Sarah Stumler, Aaron Seneker, and Braden Lammers, were called to the vacant home. They thought they cleared the house, but things changed as officers were on the way out the door.
Officer Stumler fired the shot. Some people in the neighborhood told WHAS11 News she's always been fair.
"She really gives a lot of guys, females, whoever is on the street a lot of chances. She doesn't directly lock people up. She tries to talk to them. She's really a nice person,” said neighbor Jakeita Saunders.
Christopher 2X said Warrick was not an aggressive person, according to those who knew him.
“Yes, bruce had challenges with substance abuse issues. He had to fight those demands. But however, everybody kept saying that they never thought for one hour of a minute, that he would have any weapon or that he would be lashing out,” he explained.
Police said at this time, Warrick is not facing any charges. The case is now in the hands of the Public Integrity Unit.
Christopher 2X spoke to WHAS11 News moments after leaving Warrick at the hospital and told us he will have another surgery on Friday. 2X spoke to WHAS11 News moments after leaving Warrick at the hospital and told us he will have another surgery on Friday.
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