Police release body cam video of NAU shootingPosted: Updated:
The suspect accused of shooting four Northern Arizona University students, killing one of them, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Coconino County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Steven Jones is still jailed on a $2 million bond for the shooting death of NAU student Colin Brough on Oct. 9. He also faces six counts of aggravated assault.
In court documents, Jones claims he only opened fire after the students attacked him and hit him in the face.
Meanwhile, the Flagstaff Police Department on Wednesday released officer body camera video showing the moments after police arrived on the shooting scene outside an NAU residence hall.
Students can be heard yelling to police officers as they are trying to help their friends after the shooting.
“The gun is secure, right there. I swear. He [expletive] took off and shot both of our friends. We're trying to help him," a student said.
When police first arrived, they weren’t sure who all was involved, and the video shows several people handcuffed and on the ground immediately after police arrived. Later, body camera video shows someone in the back of a squad car, and police can be heard referring to him as the suspect.
In another video, several officers find the weapon, a .40 caliber handgun, and have a discussion about whether it should be unloaded or left intact for evidence photographs.
The same scene is described by a Flagstaff police officer in the police report:
“I located the firearm used in the altercation, which was a Glock .40 caliber with a tactical light attached to the rail and (redacted) that was on the ground near the deceased person and wounded male at the southeast corner of the HLC parking lot near a tree on the south sidewalk of the parking lot. I stood next to the weapon in order to secure it without manipulating the weapon until photographs were taken. After several minutes of standing next to the weapon, Officer Beckwith approached, stating something to the effect of 'I’m going to clear the weapon'. Officer Gilbert and I advised Officer Beckwith that before manipulating the weapon photographs needed to be taken. Officer Beckwith advised that he had everything recorded in his Axon Body Camera. Officer Beckwith successfully cleared the firearm and handed me a firearm magazine containing at least five bullets and a single bullet that was taken from the firearm’s chamber. I took custody of this items which were placed in a clear bag.”
The police report also describes the moments when police found several of the victims.
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Officers found Brough outside, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the police report, one of the victims was found inside one of the nearby buildings with a gunshot wound to his neck.
The corresponding body camera video is blurred to not show any of the victims.
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