By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Stockton, CA – Stockton police have released bodycam video of the May murder of Stockton Police Officer Jimmy Inn by a convicted felon who was out on parole (video below).
Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones told reporters at a press conference after the shooting that the chain of events that led up to Officer Inn’s murder began at approximately 9:45 a.m. on May 11, when the Stockton Dispatch Center received a call for help at a home located in the 4400-block of La Cresta Way.
Audio of the 911 call was released with the bodycam on June 22 and showed the caller told the dispatcher that someone across the street was screaming.
The caller told 911 that they saw a woman with a ripped shirt who was bleeding and looked as if someone had assaulted her.
Bodycam video showed that Officer Inn arrived at the residence at 10:07 a.m. and knocked on the front door, announcing himself as “police.”
Twenty seconds later, someone inside the house said “hey – police” and then cracked open the front door as Officer Inn returned the greeting.
Bodycam video showed that the man who cracked the door open – later identified as Lance Lowe – was pointing a gun at Officer Inn and opened fire on the officer immediately at close range.
Stockton Police Officer Pancho Freer was arriving on the scene as the gunfire erupted, the video showed.
Police said Officer Freer heard the gunfire and saw the shooter standing over Officer Inn with a gun in his hand, KOVR reported.
Lowe started shooting at Officer Freer, hitting his patrol vehicle.
Bodycam video showed the officer jumped out of his police car at the curb and returned fire towards Lowe’s front door.
Then Officer Freer got on the radio in his car and reported “shots fired” and “my partner’s down” before getting back out and firing at Lowe’s house again.
“Jimmy, you alright?” he yelled at Officer Inn across the lawn.
Bodycam video showed Officer Inn did not respond.
Then Officer Freer fired another shot toward Lowe’s house, the video showed.
“Jimmy!” he yelled across the yard to Officer Inn. “Jimmy, stay with me!”
Police said Lowe then went back into the house and emerged a moment later holding his eight-year-old son by the neck, KOVR reported.
“The suspect began to strangle the child in front of our officer and refused to comply with the officer’s commands,” Chief Jones told reporters. “Indications are that the suspect was attempting to kill the child.”
Bodycam video showed Officer Freer got on the radio again and warned that Lowe was trying to strangle the child and his partner was down.
As Officer Freer approached Lowe, a community member ran up and tackled the suspect to the ground, at which point the officer “discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect,” Chief Jones said.
Lowe later died from his wounds at a local hospital.
Neighbor Kaycie McClure said she ran to Officer Inn from her home across the street after the shooting and desperately tried to help him, KOVR reported.
“I don’t know who, but another man helped me flip him over and I tried my hardest. I was looking for holes, I was trying to get his vest off,” McClure tearfully recounted. “I was just begging him to hang on, hang on, hang on, ‘they’re coming.’”
Officer Inn was rushed to a local hospital, where he died from his gunshot wounds, Chief Jones confirmed.
“It was just an awful situation but the real hero today was Officer Inn,” she said. “He gave his whole entire life coming to try and help somebody else.”
Lowe’s son was examined and cleared by medical personnel, KOVR reported.
Chief Jones said Officer Inn “died protecting those who cannot protect themselves.”
“[He] came to work every day, putting his life on the line for complete strangers he never met, coming to work to protect members of our community and knowing it is a dangerous job,” the chief continued. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Lowe was convicted in Los Angeles County of grand theft auto with the use of a firearm in 2018 and was sentenced to five years in prison, KOVR reported.
He was also charged with possession of an assault weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in a car or public place, conspiring to commit a crime, and child endangerment in connection with the same incident, but those charges were ultimately dismissed, The Record reported.
The CDCR said Lowe was given 820 pre-sentencing credits and 37 post-sentencing credits, resulting in him being paroled in April of 2020, according to KOVR.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: