Authorities recently released a series of surveillance videos that showed the “heinous,” execution-style killing of a 27-year-old police officer just outside an Arkansas station house, ABC 13 reported.
The new details in connection to the killing of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr were disclosed Friday, Dec. 13, when the Washington County Sheriff’s Office reluctantly released new surveillance footages that captured the gunman, identified as London T. Phillips, 35, approaching the squad car and opening fire.
“We have hesitated to release the attached video of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime, but in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident. Our concern, first and foremost, is for the family of Officer Carr, so prior to sharing any of this information publicly, it was first shared with them,” according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook post.
According to the videos, Carr was sitting inside a patrol car in the back parking lot of the precinct station house on Dec. 7 when Phillips approached the driver’s side of Carr’s vehicle and opened fire. According to the sheriff’s office, Carr was shot 10 times in the head and died at the scene. Seconds later, officers from inside the police station house responded to the gunfire and pursued the shooter and gave chase with their guns drawn. Phillips exchanged gunfire with the officers before he was fatally shot a total of six times.
Phillips had one full box of ammunition with 50 rounds and one partial box of ammunition with 32 rounds, police said. He fired 16 shots, the sheriff’s office said, and reloaded the gun with another clip that had another 17 rounds.
“Searches of the assailant’s social media accounts indicate he was interested in anti-law enforcement groups,” the sheriff’s office said.
The officers who involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave in compliance with department policy until the police chief can review the investigation.
Since was hired in April 2017 by the Fayetteville Police Department as a patrol officer in the Dickson Street entertainment district, Carr served with dedication and professionalism for over two years.
Hundreds attended Carr’s funeral this past Thursday. Law-enforcement officers and civilians lined the streets and saluted the casket as it passed in a motorcade.