The Nashville Police have released the body cam footage of officers taking down transgender killer, Audrey Hale.
Hale killed three children and three adults at the Nashville school that he/she formerly attended. Hale had other targets, including his family who did not accept his transition.
The victims were three nine-year-old children; Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney — and three adult staff members; substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, head of school Katherine Koonce, 60, and custodian Mike Hill, 61.
The video begins with Nashville Police Officer Rex Englebert grabbing his rifle out of the back of his police SUV.
Nashville Police have released the bodycam footage and it cannot be stressed enough how remarkable this response was. These men are absolute heroes. pic.twitter.com/aOT8IJyH04
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) March 28, 2023
Nashville police said that Hale, a former student at Covenant School, arrived at the campus in a Honda and was armed with three guns. These weapons were two AR-style weapons and a pistol.
The surveillance footage showed Hale holding a rifle and wearing camo pants and a red cap as she enters the building.
Metro Nashville police also revealed Monday afternoon Hale had a detailed manifesto and a map drawn out.
Nashville police chief confirms Audrey Hale identifies as transgender, suggests her trans identify played a role: "We have a manifesto … and a map of how all of this was going to play out." pic.twitter.com/75KL1yXCCq
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 27, 2023
MNPD Police Chief John Drake told NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt that Hale “had some resentment” for having to go to The Covenant School.
There’s some belief that there was some resentment for having to go to that school.
Don’t have all the details to that just yet and that’s why this incident occurred.
The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing and is being led by multiple MNPD components. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the ATF, and Tennessee Highway Patrol are also assisting.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, Hale’s parents, church coordinator Norma, 61, and her husband Ronald, 64, “refused to let Hale – who had recently adopted the name Aiden and used he/him pronouns – dress as a man in their home.”
The transgender child killer would dress like a woman at home, then change clothes when she went out.
“You only see what you want to see. Their religion does not allow them to accept homosexuality,” a source told the Daily Mail. “She was Audrey at home but when she left the house she changed clothes. They did know about it, they just didn’t accept it.”
“We’ve talked to the father and the mother. We searched the home and found two more weapons there and some more maps, pertaining to thinking about some other incidents,” Police Chief John Drake told CBS. “We strongly believe there were going to be some other targets, including family members, and one of the malls here in Nashville and it just did not happen.”
Neighbors told the paper that she was a “tomboy” and “skater.”
“She introduced herself about a year and a half ago as Audrey,” a neighbor told the Mail. “I treated her like a female and she didn’t correct me. She seemed artistic, quiet, and well-mannered.”