CEDAR HILL — Compelling surveillance video shows the events that lead to an officer involved shooting in Cedar Hill Wednesday afternoon.
The video, released by a neighboring business, clearly shows a suspect dart into a Wing Stop, and a Cedar Hill Police officer follow close behind. The initial call came in as a burglary in progress, but officers soon found themselves engulfed in the suspect’s offense.
“He screamed, ‘I have gas! I have gas! I’m going to catch myself and this store on fire.’” Spencer Stroud witnessed the bizarre crime unfold and described what he saw.
“Right after that, he just ran out engulfed in flames.”
The camera caught everything Stroud experienced.
“She hit the ground, starts rolling,” Stroud recalled. “She was screaming she was fighting; she was trying to handle herself very well at that time.”
The dramatic video also shows store employees who jumped into action – all trying to help officer Ann McSwain.
“She was conscious, she knew what was going on. I’m glad she didn’t pass out; I was with her the whole time until CareFlite got there.”
McSwain and two other detectives, Mike Hernandez and Brandon Woodall, were burned in that incident. McSwain remains hospitalized at Parkland where she has undergone surgery. The other detectives have been treated and released.
The suspect was shot by officers at the scene. He, too, remains hospitalized.
Stroud, meanwhile, has been hailed a hero for his quick and selfless response, even in the face of danger.
“Whenever I saw her, I knew I had to do something.”