Newly released footage shows heroic officer go from telling kids to wear their seatbelts to running towards gunfire and putting down mass mall shooter: 'I'm moving as fast as I can'

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A 33-year-old gunman murdered eight people, including three children, and injured 10 others May 6 at the Allen Premium Outlets mall in Texas. The killer would likely have claimed more innocent lives had an Allen Police officer not run without hesitation toward the crackle of gunfire and "neutralized" the threat.

The Allen Police Department released the officer's body-worn camera footage Wednesday following a grand jury's determination that his use of force was justified under Texas law.

"This video shows how quickly a routine interaction with the public turned into a life-and-death situation," Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said in a statement. "The officer recognized the danger, ran toward the gunfire and neutralized the threat — and for his actions, the Allen community is forever grateful."

At the beginning of the video, the unnamed officer can be seen addressing two little children in the mall parking lot, instructing them to follow their mother's guidance.

"Make sure y'all be good, okay?" says the officer. "And make sure you wear your seatbelts when Mommy's driving, okay?"

A little girl can be heard answering in the affirmative, but her brother is interrupted when a several gunshots ring out in quick succession. The mother quickly grabs her children by their hands and pulls them close.

The officer doesn't miss a beat.

"I think we got shots fired at the outlet mall," he says over his radio. "People running."

He reaches into his police cruiser, grabs his rifle, then orders passersby to safety: "Go, go, go! Keep moving!"

Running full-tilt through the parking lot to the far side of the mall, the officer closes in on the sound of screaming and additional gunshots.

Although he sounds slightly winded, he maintains his advance, noting over the radio, "I'm on foot. I need everybody I got. ... A real mass shooter. ... I'm moving as fast as I can."

"I'm by Tommy Hilfiger. I don't know where he's at," says the officer, scanning the arcade for the shooter.

Another barrage alerts the officer to the shooter's whereabouts. The officer rushes forward, spots the shooter, and lights him up with around 14 well-placed shots.

"I got him down," the officer announces, passing an abandoned baby carriage.

As fellow officers approach, the officer reiterates, "Damn, bro. Got 'em, bro," instructing the mass shooter's bullet-riddled corpse to "stay the f*** down."

The shooter had three weapons on his person and another five in his vehicle, reported CNN.

Watch the video here:

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The Texas Rangers and the Collin County District Attorney's office presented this footage and other evidence to a grand jury concerning the officer's use of force on Monday. The officer was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Craig Miller, a retired Dallas ISD police chief, told KDFW-TV, "His actions were unbelievable, the way that he was able to respond. ... He's doing exactly what he's trained. He's asking for backup. Immediately he gets on dispatch, tells him what he's got, but at the same time, he's running to the issue, running to this incident."

The victims of the mass shooting were: James Cho, 3; Sofia Mendoza, 8; Daniel Mendoza, 11; Christian LaCour, 20; Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27; Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32; Cindy Cho, 35; and Kyu Song Cho, 37.

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Texas police department directly calls out mass shooting witness who used tragedy to push gun control

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The Allen Police Department says that Steven Spainhouer, who gained national attention after the mass killing outside the Allen Premium Outlets in early May, is not a "credible witness."

Who is Spainhouer?

Spainhouer gained notoriety for his gruesome account of what he witnessed in the aftermath of the shooting.

Spainhouer claimed he rushed to the outlet mall after receiving a call from his son about an active shooter. Spainhouer claimed he managed to arrive at the shooting location before first responders and thus was able to administer first aid to shooting victims, including one girl who he claimed "had no face" and a boy underneath his deceased mother.

Spainhouer later used his notoriety to push for gun control — despite being a self-declared "gun lover."

"When you get hit with an automatic weapon fire at close range, there is no opportunity for survival," Spainhouer told MSNBC. "I don't know what the gunman's problem was, but it wasn't mental health that killed these people. It was an automatic rifle with bullets.

"I'm a gun lover; I have guns. I'm a former police officer. I'm a former Army officer. But these M4s, AR-15s — they've got to get off these streets or this is gonna keep happening," he added.

\u201cFormer Army officer and 'gun lover' who witnessed the Texas mall shooting says mental health isn't the problem: "We need more gun control"\n\n"I don't know what the gunman's problem was, but it wasn't mental health that killed these people. It was an automatic rifle with bullets."\u201d
— Mark Poloncarz (@Mark Poloncarz) 1683555774

What did police say?

The Allen Police Department released a statement on Friday questioning Spainhouer's credibility. Specifically, law enforcement said his public statements do not match the evidence.

"Allen Police Department wants to inform the public of discrepancies with statements made by a witness to several media outlets. Following the shooting at Allen Premium Outlets, Mr. Steven Spainhouer of McKinney, Texas gave multiple public accounts of his actions," the department said.

"Inconsistencies between these public accounts and investigative facts led Allen Police Department to conduct a follow-up interview. During this interview, detectives determined that Mr. Spainhouer is not a credible incident witness," the agency explained.

According to police, Spainhouer did not arrive before first responders, nor did he provide first aid, like CPR, to victims. Police also said he did not uncover a boy under his dead mother.

Moreover, police refuted Spainhouer's claim that it was still an active-shooter situation when he arrived. Police said they neutralized the perpetrator four minutes after shots began at 3:36 p.m. Spainhouer did not arrive until between 3:44 and 3:52 p.m., they said.

In response to the statement, Spainhouer posted on Facebook that he is "hurt and disappointed" by police refuting his version of events. He mostly defended himself and doubled down on his previous statements. He also lashed out at the Allen Police Department for allegedly taking 20 minutes to respond, which the department already said is not true.

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