Chicago, IL – Bodycam footage captured the moment when a convicted felon awaiting trial on an assault charge shot two Chicago police officers last month (video below).
The incident began at approximately 7 a.m. on May 16, when Chicago police received a ShotSpotter alert in the 1400-block of South Lawndale Avenue, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Bodycam footage showed officers as they responded to the scene and tried to make contact with a suspect later identified as 45-year-old Bruce Lua.
Lua walked off as several officers began to approach him.
“Hey buddy, just drop it, man!” one officer yelled to him. “Hey! Stop right there! Show me your hands!”
Lua ignored them and continued walking down the street and into an alleyway, the video showed.
Police followed him for several blocks on foot.
“We can get you some help, man,” one officer said. “Drop it, man. All’s you gotta do is just drop it. We’re here to help you, man. Drop the gun.”
Lua refused to stop or to speak with them, the video showed.
As the suspect walked through the alley behind the 1500-block of South Lawndale Avenue, a patrol car with two officers inside pulled up in his path.
Two officers got out and ordered Lua to show his hands as he continued heading straight for them, the video showed.
“Why?” the suspect retorted, as he drew out a handgun and fired at them from just feet away, hitting them both.
A barrage of gunfire ensued as multiple officers fired back at the suspect, who collapsed to the ground.
“They shoot me!” Lua yelled out.
“You shot at us,” a backup officer told him.
The wounded officers yelled out in pain as additional units placed Lua under arrest.
Police said Lua was shot in the leg, but that he is expected to recover, according to WLS.
He has since been charged with aggravated battery, attempted murder, and unlawful use of a weapon, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Prosecutors said a 28-year-old officer was shot in the shoulder and the hip during the attack, and that a 26-year-old officer was shot in the hand.
Both were transported to a local hospital and were released later the same day, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Lua was awaiting trial on a misdemeanor assault charge when he shot the officers.
His bond on the new charges has been set at $10 million, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
He is also being held on an additional $10,000 bail for the prior assault case.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: