Body Cam Footage Shows Lafayette Officer Was Shot Accidentally
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Police in Lafayette have released the body camera footage of when one of their officers was shot in the back by another police officer.
The video shows Officers Lane Butler and Aaron Wright searching a home in Lafayette on a warrant. Deputy Police Chief Ben Bishop said the call was because a person living at the home had a misdemeanor warrant out for their arrest on a variety of drug and assault charges.
No one was at the home when they arrived but a dog was discovered in a cage. Once the search was coming to an end, somehow the dog got out of the sage and charged at the officers. Wright was trying to stop the dog when Bishop said the gun in his hand "twisted" and went off.
"Our conclusion in this instance is that this was not the result of an act of negligence or reckless behavior," said Chief Patrick Flannelly. "This was accidental."
A police merit board has also concluded that Officer Wright will not face any disciplinary action. Officer Butler is still in the hospital in serious condition. She is expected to recover.
This is the police body cam video from Tuesday Jan. 8. This came from Officer Kurt Sinks. The round you hear hit and injured Officer Lane Butler. This is video 1 of 3 police say they will show. @WLFI pic.twitter.com/DjFEUEVeb2
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) January 11, 2019
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