An hours-long stakeout in Memphis left two police officers shot and injured Tuesday, but it's the heroic actions by one cop who pulled his comrade out of harm’s way that kept the situation from ending much worse for law enforcement.
Not just that — it was all caught on camera.
Officer Paul Hutchison was filmed getting shot and then dragged to safety by a colleague after a shootout with a suspect. (Image source: WHBQ-TV video screenshot)
It's unclear who exactly the heroic Memphis Police TACT Unit officer was, but WHBQ-TV stated Officer Paul Hutchison could very well owe him his life after he was shot in the thigh when they were trying to arrest a man who had barricaded himself in his home.
Cellphone video from the scene while officers were trying to apprehend suspect Aaron Dumas, wanted on attempted murder charges, is peppered with the sound of gunshots and shows Hutchison going down. He is then quickly dragged behind a vehicle to safety.
Hutchison and another officer were wounded when trying to arrest Dumas, who later died in a house fire Tuesday, but are stable and recovering. (Image source: WHBQ-TV video screenshot)
Watch the dramatic footage (content warning: footage may be disturbing to some readers):
Hutchison and the officer, who was shot in the leg (not captured on video), are recovering, but Dumas later set the home on fire and was found dead in his bathtub.
Police Director Toney Armstrong told the Commercial Appeal that shooting began again when officers threw a chemical agent into the home four hours into the standoff after Officer Timothy Jackson had already been shot. Dumas fired back, hitting Hutchison.
After the second shooting, Armstrong said Dumas set the house on fire, remained inside and was later found dead, according to WHBQ.
James Wilhite was walking near the scene when officers first attempted to enter the home.
"I heard one shot," Wilhite said. "Immediately following that, I heard a volley of shots. Then immediately after, an officer came out limping, supported by another officer. He was limping, noticeably in pain."
Memphis Police investigate the the scene of a fatal fire in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. While barricaded inside, Aaron Dumas set fire to the house on Tuesday as Memphis Police TACT team members fired tear gas into the home. Dumas shot two TACT team members as they tried to serve him with a warrant for attempted murder. Both officers were treated and later released from the hospital. (AP/The Commercial Appeal, Mark Weber)
Dumas was wanted in connection with a shooting in the south Memphis area last week, according to authorities. Police said a woman, believed to be a former girlfriend of Dumas, and her brother were shot following an argument with Dumas. A spokeswoman at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis said Tuesday that the man and woman were hospitalized and in good condition.
Last year, Dumas allegedly set fire to an ex-girlfriend's sport utility vehicle, according to an affidavit. He was accused of throwing an ignitable substance into the backseat of the SUV because he was "angry over a recent incident," sparking a fire that also spread to another vehicle.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.