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Police release body camera video of an officer killing gunman

ALLEN, TEXAS (AP) – Police released video footage on Wednesday of an officer killing a gunman, quickly ending a mass shooting that left eight people dead and seven others wounded at a Dallas-area shopping mall, in the United States (US).

The edited five-and-a-half-minute video details the final moments of Mauricio Garcia, 33, after he unleashed a rain of bullets from an AR-15-style rifle at the Allen Premium Outlets on May 6.

Those killed included three members of a Korean American family including a three-year-old child, two young sisters, a security guard and an engineer from India.

Police haven’t revealed a motive for the attack. The shooting came in a year that has seen an unprecedented pace of mass killings.

The footage from a body camera worn by an Allen police officer starts off with the officer telling two children outside the mall to wear their seatbelts and be good.

People raise their hands as they leave a shopping centre after a shooting in Allen, Texas, United States. PHOTO: AP

Moments later, the sound of rapid gunfire erupts from the mall. The children and a woman with them run away as the officer radios in the report, grabs his rifle from his car and dashes toward the gunfire, the body camera footage shows.

As he runs, the panting officer shouts at people to move and get out. At one point, he tells the dispatcher, “I believe we’ve got a mass shooter” and shouts at the gunman to drop his weapon.

“I’m passing injured (people),” he added. The officer continues to run through the outside galleries of the outlet as the sound of gunfire bursts continues.

About four minutes into the video, the officer opens fire with at least a half-dozen shots.

An instant later, the officer shouts: “Drop the gun!” and then reports: “I’ve got him down!”

Another officer then confirms the gunman is dead. The video ends with the two officers standing next to the gunman’s body, which is blurred out.

The video was released a day after a grand jury cleared the officer of wrongdoing, indicating that “the use of force was justified under Texas law”, according to a police statement.

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