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LPD releases dashcam footage of officer-involved shooting

Lafayette police have released the dashboard camera footage from a deadly police-involved shooting from Jan. 20.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 3:01 PM
Updated: Feb 10, 2020 8:57 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette police have released the dashboard camera footage from a deadly police-involved shooting that happened on Jan. 20 near Jefferson High School.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's Office cleared Officer Nathan Stoneking in the shooting death of Dustin Furr on Thursday.

LPD dashcam footage from deadly Jan. 20 officer-involved shooting.

Police let the public see for themselves in a press conference Friday how procedures were followed in the fatal shooting of Furr.

News 18 has been following this fatal shooting closely ever since it happened.

The press conference lasted about an hour.

It was that long because Chief Patrick Flannelly wanted to be as thorough as possible.

He, along with Chief Deputy Bishop, took the community through body cam and dash cam videos and 911 calls.

The new information cleared up a lot of questions.

We would like to warn you in the above video you will hear bullets and see shots being fired.

In the video you will see the dash cam video of Officer Dalder's vehicle.

He along with 10 other officers were on scene at State and 23rd streets near Lafayette Jeff High School Jan. 20th.

"Officers are required to make split second decisions in a moment," said LPD Chief Patrick Flannelly.

The decision to fatally shoot 39-year old Dustin Furr was made by Officer Nathan Stoneking.

He was 92 feet away from Furr when he fired his weapon twice.

There is no body cam video from his vantage point because he was lying on his chest.

However police said his body cam was turned on.

"If you watch right here on the edge of the tree here you can see Mr. Furr raise his left hand," said LPD Chief Deputy Brad Bishop.

In the video, Officer Kennedy is where Deputy Chief Bishop is pointing behind a garage.

We told you Kennedy first initiated negotiations with Furr.

From the start of negotiations to Furr's death was 11 minutes.

He died at 2:31 p.m. and the 911 call came in around 2:13 p.m. a weapon.

In the 911 call a disptcher asked Furr how does he know the gun is loaded.

Furr then responded becasue he was the one who loaded it.

He then told her he was not OK.

"It would be difficult to try to put yourself in every officer's mind because the angles you can see they are all in different locations," said Flannelly.

The video above shows the different locations where the officers were during the fatal shooting.

LPD said Furr was on the property of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

People were inside the building during the shooting. Nobody was hurt.

Flannelly said at the press conference all body cam and dash cam video especially in situations like this will be used for training videos in the future.

"We look through all of our videos we look through everything we do and we always ask ourselves what did we do well and how can we do better," said Flannelly.

Flannelly said less lethal beanbags and a taser could not be used because of the distance.

Tasers are only effective up to 25 feet and the beanbags can only be used up to 50 feet.

Flannelly opened and closed his press conference commended his department and also sending condolences to Furr's family.

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