A radio recording from Thursday’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, captured the heart-pounding moments of two hero cops entering the school within minutes of the attack starting.
The recording reveals one breathless officer saying they were exchanging gunfire with the shooter. Moments later, the same voice came over the radio with two words: “Suspect down.”
John Hanlin, the sheriff of Douglas County, Oregon, praised the two officers for quickly defending the helpless students in the school and confronting the deadly attacker, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
The shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, killed at least nine people and injured several more during the shooting.
Targeting one classroom, in particular, the 26-year-old killer shot a teacher in the head before gunning down students. He reportedly forced the students to lie on the floor, then asked them to stand one by one and state their religion, according to several survivors.
The two hero cops rushed in just moments later, saving untold lives.
Sheriff Hanlin would not reveal the officers’ identities, but said they would be issued by another department at a later date.
The officers first narrowed down the shooter’s location to Synder Hall, confirming that he was in a classroom on the southeast side of the hall.
Then, one of the officers reported that the suspect has a “long gun” — indicating either a rifle or shotgun. Later investigation would reveal that Harper-Mercer used an AR-style rifle. Three handguns were also found at the scene.
The recording went silent for just a moment before one officer shouted: “[We need] multiple medical units. Suspect is down, we have multiple gunshot wounds, we are going to need multiple ambulances on scene.”