Clayton County, GA – Police bodycam and home security footage captured the moment when a woman shot a Clayton County police officer who had responded to her home for a report of a suicidal person on July 27 (video below).
Police responded to three separate calls involving 25-year-old Aiyanah Pryor on the night of the shooting.
Officers were first called to Pryor’s home in the 7800-block of Newbury Drive in Jonesboro at 9:48 p.m., but it is unclear what transpired during that interaction.
The officers ultimately left the scene without Pryor, WXIA reported.
Police went to the house again after receiving a second call a short while later.
An ambulance also responded on that occasion, but Pryor’s family said she refused to get inside to go to the hospital for help, WXIA reported.
The ambulance and the officers left the home again at approximately 10:50 p.m.
A third call for service was placed within the hour.
Officer Lloyd responded to the house alone on that occasion and made contact with Pryor and her family at about 11 p.m., WAGA reported.
“I didn’t call,” a woman waiting for the officer at the front door said in the bodycam video.
“Aiyanah, what’s going on? You call us again?” Officer Lloyd asked, calling out for Pryor. “We got a call saying you got a weapon.”
Pryor then started backing out of the house as Officer Lloyd approached and continued her attempts to talk with her, bodycam footage showed.
“I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s going on,” the officer said.
As Officer Lloyd stepped over the threshold towards Pryor, police said she noticed the woman holding a gun in her right hand, WAGA reported.
“Hold on, hold on,” the officer said as she quickly rushed Pryor in an attempt to subdue her and take control of the weapon.
But as they fell to the ground outside the house, Pryor fired the gun at least twice, hitting Officer Lloyd, security footage showed.
“I’m shot!” the officer yelled out as Pryor grabbed up the gun and walked away.
Police said the suspect left the wounded hero lying in the yard and that none of her family members or any bystanders attempted to render aid, WAGA reported.
As Pryor fled the scene, additional officers responded to the home and rushed the critically-injured officer to Grady Memorial Hospital.
She had been shot multiple times, WSB reported.
The 18-month department veteran was rushed into emergency surgery and was still fighting for her life on Monday, according to police.
Pryor sped off northbound on Interstate 75 and drove into the city of Atlanta, where her vehicle was spotted by police in the area of Polar Rock Road Southwest and Macon Drive, WSB reported.
As police closed in, the suspect allegedly fired at least one round at them, resulting the officers returning fire.
Pryor was struck multiple times during the shootout, WSB reported.
She was subsequently rushed to Atlanta Medical Center, where she was listed in critical, but stable condition.
No officers were injured in the second shooting, police said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (BGI) is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, according to WAGA.
CCPD Chief Kevin Roberts said shortly after the shooting that he has faith that Officer Lloyd will survive, despite the severity of her injuries, FOX News reported.
“She will be successful moving forward and we’re praying for her good recovery,” Chief Roberts said.
He said the officer has done “exceptionally well” during her time with the CCPD.
Atlanta Police Department Interim Chief Darin Schierbaum praised the law enforcement response to the incident and commended the officers involved for their “bravery,” FOX News reported.
“They were in the area searching for this perpetrator to engage her before she could harm again,” Chief Schierbaum said. “Our officers acted decisively and bravely and I want to commend them for their efforts.”
“What you see here tonight is a demonstration of law enforcement’s dedication across this region and the quality of the men and women that wear the badge for their respective communities and I’m proud of the actions of the Atlanta Police Department this morning as they acted on behalf of this community,” he added, according to WSB.
Pryor’s family members said the suspect was experiencing a mental health crisis at the time of the shooting and that police should have done more to get her help sooner, WXIA reported.
“The story comes out and it’s like, ‘Oh, Aiyanah just went crazy. Start shooting at the cops.’ Like, no, that’s not how it happened,” her cousin, LaShonda Martin, told the news outlet. “When someone calls you to their place of residence, and says, ‘Hey, my family member isn’t right,’ it should not be dismissed.”
LaShonda Martin said she is not “faulting” Officer Lloyd for what happened and said more “back up” should have responded with the lone officer that night, WXIA reported.
“We’re just going to hope for the best for the officer,” she said. “I really hope and pray she comes out of this because she does not deserve to be hurt over trying to help.”
Pryor’s brother, Marcus Martin, questioned why the officer even tried to disarm his sister in the first place.
“You saw her with a gun on her waist in the mental state she’s in, but you still jump on her,” he said. “They’re rolling in the backyard, you see my sister get up, and she shot.”
Marcus Martin said his mother told him Pryor recently began taking medication for depression and anxiety, WXIA reported.
The family also questioned why the department’s social worker didn’t respond to any of the calls at their home.
The CCPD declined to comment on the issue of the social worker, WXIA reported.
Pryor still remained hospitalized on Monday.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
#NEW: Police in Clayton County have released body camera footage from a violent encounter between an officer who was responding to a suicide call and the woman police say shot her multiple times. We do want to warn the video may be disturbing to watch. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/tmMpEgDnD7
— Joi Dukes Fox 5 (@JoiDukesTV) August 2, 2022