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Bodycam Shows Cop Instantly Shift from Friendly-Police Mode to Kill-the-Active-Shooter Mode

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This is what courage looks like.

Body camera footage reveals how the decisive action of an Allen Police Department officer neutralized an active shooter at a mall in the Texas city on May 6.

The footage, released Wednesday, shines light on a massacre in which a gunman killed eight and wounded seven before the police officer took him down.

The video release came a day after a grand jury decided the shooting was justified, according to KDFW-TV in Dallas.

The unnamed officer can be seen interacting in friendly conversation with a family and children at the start of the footage — an example of the unpredictable and chaotic nature of the law enforcement profession.

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“Make sure you wear your seatbelts when mommy’s driving, OK?” he tells the children.

Little did the officer realize his life would soon be forever changed.

A spree of gunshots can soon be heard in the footage.

The officer retrieves an AR-15-style rifle from his squad car, with jungle-style magazines for a potentially lengthy engagement.

He later indicates the gravity of the situation on police radio.

“One-forty-five, I believe we’ve got a mass shooter.”

The officer fearlessly moves toward the sounds of close gunfire in the mall complex — advancing on the threat in a scenario that could’ve proved instantly fatal.

Is this officer a hero?

The hero neutralizes the threat to life with a series of well-placed shots after visually identifying the gunman.

A witness to the events ultimately indicates that the gunman has been neutralized after the rifle shots.

The gunman has been identified as Mauricio Garcia, 33.

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Authorities have not released a motive, but according to The Associated Press, Garcia “left a long trail of online posts describing his white supremacist and misogynistic views. He described mass shootings as sport and posted photos showing his large Nazi tattoos and a favorite passage in the ‘Hunger Games’ books marked with a swastika drawn in green highlighter.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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