Auburn, GA - Body camera footage shows the split second that Stephen Nichols ambushed an officer after pretending to be a bystander.
Auburn Police Sergeant Jeff Scott was searching for a man accused of threatening a woman at her home on Sunday afternoon. He came across a man who appeared to just be hanging out in his yard. The sergeant asked the man if he had seen the suspect, "Did a guy come running through here?"
That man, Stephen Nichols, directed the sergeant towards where he said the suspect ran. However, Nichols was the suspect being sought by the police. Nichols stepped around a truck, drew a firearm, and opened fire on the sergeant.
"He attempted to ambush and murder Sergeant Scott," Auburn police Chief Carl Maulder said.
The video shows up to the moment the drawn-out gunfight stated. GBI is still investigating the shooting, so they have withheld the rest of the video while the investigation is being conducted.
"The officer was attempting to reload while Mr. Nichols was still firing on him," Chief Maulder said.
Even though the body camera video doesn't show the full gunfight, it highlights just how quickly situations can change. In just a split-second, Sergeant Scott went from dealing with an apparent bystander to being in the middle of a gunfight.
The officer received only minor injuries and Nichols was shot three times. Nichols survived the shooting and is not recovering at the hospital.
Upon his release from the hospital, Nichols will be charged with assault on an officer and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
You can see the video of the gunfight below: