Las Vegas, NV – Police have released harrowing bodycam footage that captured the moment a rookie Las Vegas Metropolitan police officer was shot during the music festival outside the Mandalay Bay hotel (video below).
The Oct. 1, 2017 attack left 58 people dead and over 800 more wounded, FOX News reported.
Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Brady Cook was in the midst of his second night on the police force when he and his partner, Field Training Officer Josh Haynes, responded to the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history.
“We actually drew the fire off of the crowd so that other people could get out,” Officer Cook later told FOX News.
As Officer Haynes sent out radio communications to shut down a section of roadway in the area, flashes could be seen coming from the upper levels of the Mandalay Bay hotel, bodycam footage showed.
A barrage of gunshots rang out as the officer ducked behind his patrol vehicle for cover.
“The rounds were coming down like raindrops,” Officer Haynes later told FOX News. “There were so many impact points.”
“I’m down! I got shot!” Officer Cook screamed in the near-silence that followed.
“Alright – where? Where? Where?” Officer Haynes asked, rushing around the patrol vehicle to assess his rookie’s injuries.
The round had penetrated Officer Cook’s right bicep, then traveled through his arm and into the right side of his chest, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The bullet grazed along his ribcage before it exited his body.
“Alright – move! Move!” Officer Haynes said as he grabbed onto the officer. “We’ve got a casualty.”
The senior officer remained calm as he firmly issued commands to his injured trainee.
“Go! Move! Move!” he ordered while he and Officer Cook ran down the sidewalk to the cover of another patrol vehicle. “Down! Down!”
“The shooter traced us,” Officer Cook later told FOX News. “I don’t know how we didn’t get shot more.”
Officer Haynes checked Officer Cook’s arm, and tried to find a tourniquet just before shots rang out once again.
He radioed their location before he resumed his effort to get Officer Cook to safety.
“We need to move you,” he said. “We need to get to medical.”
Officer Haynes pointed out a bus parked further down Las Vegas Boulevard and told Officer Cook that it would be their next point of cover.
“C’mon move!” he commanded.
As the officers reached the bus, Officer Haynes pushed onward.
“We’re okay – keep moving – you’re okay,” he told the injured officer as the gunfire continued.
“Yo! I need your car!” Officer Haynes told another officer. “I need your f–king car – he’s shot!”
When he learned that the patrol vehicle didn’t belong to the officer he happened upon, Officer Jaynes loaded up his partner anyway.
“I’m taking this car,” he said just before the pair sped off to the University Medical Center, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
“Talk to me,” Officer Haynes told Officer Cook during the frantic ride. “Tell me stuff.”
“How many girlfriends you got, bro?” he asked the rookie officer.
“One,” Officer Cook replied. “Her name’s Jordan.”
“Only one?” the senior officer fired back. “She sexy?”
“Yeah, she is,” Officer Cook responded.
Officer Haynes then asked him what things Jordan liked.
“She likes me,” the injured officer offered.
Officer Haynes asked Officer Cook what he thought about being a police officer.
“You love this s–t?” he asked his trainee.
“It’s the best,” Officer Cook responded.
As the patrol vehicle neared the medical center, Officer Haynes made a confession.
“You wanna know something, Brady?” he said. “I’m a little jealous that you caught that round and I didn’t, my brother. I’m proud of you…This is a f–king war story.”
Officer Cook later said that his arm felt “like a noodle” after he was shot, but he felt nothing but adrenaline.
“I just saw blood gushing everywhere,” he said.
You can watch bodycam footage of the dramatic scene in the video below: