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Video: Nev. cop saved by good Samaritans after being shot in the leg during shootout

Bystanders helped the officer by putting a tourniquet on his leg and maintaining a perimeter while medics rushed to the scene


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By Ashley Silver

RENO, Nev. — The Reno Police Department released bodycam footage from a deadly shootout between officers and two suspects at an apartment complex.

According to the Reno Gazette, the incident left one suspect dead and another suspect wounded. Officers were initially called to the apartment complex on a report of possible gunfire in the area stemming from a parking dispute.

Sgt. Steve Mayfield can be seen arriving at the location on bodycam video and walking into a playground area before saying, “Two males – they’re running away with several firearms.” Mayfield then pulls his gun and shouts, “Reno police, stop! Stop!”

Multiple shots can be heard following the command, as the officer falls to the ground with audible signs he’s been hit before managing to return fire. While breathing heavily, Mayfield can be heard saying, “Two suspects – both down.”

The bodycam footage shows a second officer coming to Mayfield’s aid, offering support along with several good Samaritans who were present at the apartment complex. One good Samaritan brought a tourniquet and tied it above Mayfield’s knee, while three armed civilians arrived to support the officers by maintaining a perimeter while paramedics rushed to the scene.

Mayfield was shot three times – once in the abdomen and once in each leg, according to the GoFundMe campaign set up to help in his recovery.

“Steve is progressing well and is out of the hospital and is currently at an inpatient rehabilitation center. Though Steve still has a long road ahead, his spirits are still high. Steve and his family also wanted to thank everyone for their generosity and well wishes,” the GoFundMe page said.

Scott Kennedy, described by Reno PD as the shooting suspect, died on scene and authorities released a statement about his involvement in the incident: “Investigators confirmed that Scott Kennedy fired rounds at the officers from an AR-15 rifle. He also had a Glock pistol in his possession, which is believed to have been used in the earlier shooting that the officers were investigating.”

The second suspect, Jeremiah Graham, sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. Graham is now in the custody. “Jeremiah Graham was carrying an AR-15 style pistol,” Reno police said. “Investigators with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office charged Jeremiah Graham with three counts of a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and four counts of possession of a firearm without a serial number.”

Sergeant Michael Moran was a Marine Corps veteran and had served the Cortez Police Department for 11 years
“These are some of the most challenging calls we as law enforcement respond to,” said Chief Al Jones. “Officers go into these situations wanting to save lives”
The troopers, identified as Michael Abbate and Alberto Felix, were both husbands and fathers
Officers shot the suspect after he opened fire at them with an AK-47 rifle; he was pronounced dead at the scene