‘I Need Everybody’: Hero Cop Called For Backup Before Taking On Texas Mall Shooter Alone
ALLEN, TEXAS - MAY 7: Law enforcement works the scene on the day after a shooting at Allen Premium Outlets on May 7, 2023 in Allen, Texas. According to reports, a shooter opened fire at the outlet mall, killing eight people. The shooter, who has not been identified, was then killed by an Allen Police officer responding to an unrelated call. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
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The police officer who took down the shooter at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, on Saturday made a brief phone call from one of the stores asking for assistance — just before he engaged the suspect himself.

The police officer, whose name has not yet been released to the public, was reportedly already on the scene at the outlet mall — for an unrelated issue — when the shooting started, and he ran into an H&M store to call for as much backup as possible.

According to audio recordings obtained by The Daily Mail, the officer ran toward the chaos as he heard it unfolding just outside. Describing the scene to the dispatcher, he said, “I’ve got people running. There’s still shooting. I need everybody I got.”

Just a few moments later, however, after engaging the shooter alone, he gave the dispatcher an update: “I got him down.”

The next call to dispatch reportedly came from someone else: “We got victims. I need an ambulance.”

Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey told the press, “He heard gunshots, went to the gunshots, engaged the suspect, and neutralized the suspect.”

The gunman, whose name will not be published pursuant the The Daily Wire’s policy denying mass shooters the notoriety they so often seek, could be seen on a dashcam video as he exited a vehicle outside the mall and opened fire, shooting at people on the sidewalk with a rifle. He was dressed in tactical gear and fired dozens of rounds before the lone officer ran toward him, shooting and killing him.

Later reports indicated that he was also armed with a handgun and had additional weapons in his vehicle.

Including the shooter, seven people were pronounced dead at the scene — and two more succumbed to their injuries after being taken to the hospital. At least another seven were hospitalized and treated for injuries related to the shooting, and the victims reportedly ranged in age from 5 to 61 years old.

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