Terrifying new bodycam footage has showed a cop grab an assault rifle and run towards a Texas mall while a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets on shoppers.
Mauricio Garcia, 33, killed eight people including children on May 6 outside H&M in Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas. He was shot dead at the scene.
Horrifying clips now reveal how the first police officer on the scene screamed at onlookers and raced towards the danger in a bid to neutralize the situation.
Multiple deafening gunshots – fired by Garcia at innocent families and children – can be heard billowing in the background while sirens rung out from afar.
The brave officer wearing the bodycam rushes over to the scene, and starts firing bullets at the gunman from behind a pillar. His heroic actions and words ‘I got him down’ were first reported by DailyMail.com.
Bullet casings from his gun can be seen flying on to the ground while he receives information from backup teams.
Terrifying new bodycam footage has showed a cop grab an assault rifle and run towards a Texas mall as a gunman unleashed a barrage of bullets on shoppers
The gunman, dressed in SWAT gear with a semi-automatic rile at his side, is seen laying dead outside another Allen store, a few dozen feet from the H&M
The shooting happened at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, a small suburb north of Dallas, and saw at least eight people killed
After shooting at the gunman, the cop says into his radio: ‘Shots fired by police. I’ve got him down.’
The cop then screams into the direction of Garcia: ‘Drop the gun!’
He then repeats: ‘I got him down’ before shouting out loud: ‘Get away from there! Get away!’
The officer continues to run towards Garcia – who by this point is on the ground. The cop continues to shout directions through his radio.
Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey, commenting on the new footage that was released over a month after the incident, said: ‘This video shows how quickly a routine interaction with the public turned into a life-and-death situation.
‘The officer recognized the danger, ran toward the gunfire and neutralized the threat – and for his actions, the Allen community is forever grateful.’
Police decided to release the footage worn by the officer who first responded to the gunfire after a grand jury ruled that the use of deadly force in this instance was justified under Texas law.
The cop, who is unnamed, killed Garcia after he had already shot dead multiple civilians.
A stampede of hundreds of shoppers were seen racing out of the complex while gunfire rained out – as security and police attempted to shepherd them to safety during the terrifying event last month.
Gunman Mauricio Garcia was shot dead at the scene after he killed eight people
The first shots were fired outside the H&M before the gunman was killed by an unnamed Allen officer at a burger shop a few stores away
Eight people at the mall were killed in the massacre at the Allen Premium Outlets, and seven others were injured
Glass is seen shattered across the sidewalk in front of one of the fashion stores in Allen, where the mass shooting took place just after 3pm on Saturday, May 6
People in the store were frantically ushered into lockable rooms, and when they eventually got the all-clear to come out, they saw the broken windows, trails of blood by the door, and bloodied bodies covered in sheets.
Dashcam video showed gunman Mauricio Garcia getting out of a car and shooting at people on the sidewalk on Saturday afternoon. More than three dozen shots could be heard as the vehicle that was recording the video drove off.
The gunman was using an AR-15-style gun during the mass shooting, and was dressed in full tactical SWAT gear.
Allen Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd confirmed that seven people died at the scene, including the gunman, and then a further two victims died in hospital.
Fourth-grader Daniela Mendoza and second-grader Sofia Mendoza were both shot dead following the rampage in Allan, Texas.
The Korean Consulate in Dallas confirmed that Kyu Cho, 37, and Cindy Kang, 35 were both killed in the massacre, along with their three-year-old son James.
Engineer Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27, and Christian LaCour, 20, who worked as a security guard at the mall, were also killed in the massacre.
The final victim was confirmed as Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32, from Dallas.