Fayetteville, AR – The Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) has released security footage from the night Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr was ambushed and executed outside the police station (video below).
“We have hesitated to release the attached video of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime, but in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident along with the results of the Arkansas State Medical Examiner’s preliminary findings,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release on Friday.
The WCSO said that Officer Carr’s family is their primary concern, and that they have also viewed the footage and the medical examiner’s findings.
The autopsy revealed that Officer Carr was shot 10 times in the head with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun during the ambush.
Any of those 10 shots would have been fatal, according to the medical examiner.
Officer Carr’s killer, 35-year-old London Phillips, fired a total of 16 rounds during the attack, according to the WCSO.
He then reloaded his weapon, which he legally purchased in 2017, with a 17-round magazine.
Phillips was shot six times when Officer Natalie Eucce and Corporal Seay Floyd returned fire, killing him.
He was carrying another full box of ammunition, as well as a partial box that contained another 32 bullets.
According to investigators, the gunman’s social media history indicated he “was interested in anti-law enforcement groups,” the WCSO said.
The footage, which the sheriff’s office posted in five separate clips, showed Phillips as he walked down Mountain Street in front of Fayetteville City Hall just prior to the attack at 9:42 p.m.
Officer Carr was sitting in his patrol vehicle behind the station, waiting for his partner, when Phillips casually approached him from behind.
Faint muzzle flashes could be seen a moment later, just before Phillips briskly walked away, firing additional rounds at Officer Carr’s patrol vehicle behind him, the video showed.
He then dropped his hands, and casually walked across the parking lot for several paces before he spun around, held the gun out in front of him, and took off running.
Simultaneously, Cpl. Floyd burst through the back door of the police station and honed in on the gunman, immediately returning fire.
Additional Fayetteville police officers also rushed outside and pursued the suspect as he ran south down an alley between the police station and the Fayetteville District Court Building, the WCSO said.
The final video showed three officers, including Officer Eucce and Cpl. Floyd, as they confronted Phillips and returned fire.
“The whole situation lasted less than 30 seconds,” Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds told reporters on Sunday morning.
Directly after the altercation with Phillips, Officer Carr’s fellow officers located him inside his patrol car, suffering from the gunshot wounds.
“Officers immediately rendered aid to both the officer and suspect,” the FPD said.
Fayetteville Fire Department and Central EMS personnel arrived at the scene within three minutes, but Officer Carr also succumbed to his wounds at the scene.
“It appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer,” Chief Reynolds said, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
Additional officers suffered scrapes and bruises during the incident, and one officer suffered a broken hand, the chief said on Sunday.
It was unclear if Officer Eucce or Cpl. Floyd were among the injured officers.
Chief Reynolds said that investigators do not believe that Phillips targeted Officer Carr in specific, but that he did set out to murder a law enforcement officer.
“All I know is that this was a cowardly act,” the chief told reporters on Sunday. “He was looking for an officer to kill…and if it wasn’t for the response of our officers that engaged and killed the suspect – yes, I do believe that he would have hurt more people.”
Officer Eucce has been with the department for two-and-one-half years, the FPD said in a press release on Sunday.
Cpl. Floyd is a seven-year veteran-of-the-force.
“Both officers discharged their weapons during the incident and have been placed on paid administrative leave per Fayetteville Police Department policy,” according to the department.
Officer Carr joined FPD in April of 2017, and was assigned to the entertainment district.
“He served our community with dedication and professionalism for the past 2 ½ years,” the HPD said. “He is a HERO…Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time.”
During a press conference on Sunday morning, Chief Reynolds said that Officer Carr’s assassination marked the “worst day in the history of the Fayetteville Police Department.”
Officer Carr was an “all-American boy” who came from a law enforcement family, and “he just wanted to serve his community,” Chief Reynolds added.
Hundreds of mourners gathered for Officer Carr's funeral on Thursday, KFSM reported.
“As the police chief, I make this vow: Stephen Carr's badge number 413 will not be forgotten," Chief Reynolds told the crowd during the service. "May God bless the family. God bless each and every one of you. And god bless the Fayetteville police department."
You can see the footage of the ambush below. WARNING - Disturbing Content: