EL CAJON - August 21, 2011 - An El Cajon Police officer is shot right in front of a news camera. The entire incident is caught on camera including the shots being fired, officer being rescued, the immediate SWAT standoff, house fire, helicopter water drops and more, all in real time.
The suspect, Kevin Collier, shot his 1-year old daughter and his mother-in-law. Police arrived, shortly followed by our photographer, and surrounded the home. Officers were then met with gunfire from the suspect who had a rifle. Officer Jarred Slocum was leaning over the bed of a pickup truck with only his head exposed. He was struck in the left temple and the bullet exited the rear of his skull. He was NOT shot in the neck, as it appears and was initially perceived in the heat of the moment. The suspect then set the house on fire before shooting himself. The fire department could not approach the home because officers could not confirm if the suspect was dead or not. Firefighters are not going to walk up to a home with the possibility of a man inside with a rifle shooting at them. Officers requested Mercy Air for air transport, but instead took Slocum by ground in a patrol car as it would be quicker. This was on a dead-end street, so the rescue of having to pass the line of fire was incredibly dangerous and heroic. A gas line explodes at one point (bluish smoke). SWAT set up and worked with the fire department to help slow the rate of spread of the fire. Two helicopters began water drops, which is unheard of for a structure fire, but it was the most practical and safest way to control the flames from spreading to adjacent homes. Officer Slocum is doing well but has decided to "medically retire" from the El Cajon Police Department, move, and go back to college. The officer who was with him, Officer Tim McFarland, was a rookie at the time and was being trained by Slocum. He is still on the force to this day, and we wish him the best. Officer Slocum's wound, although very serious, had very very little blood loss. So for those appauled that none of us applied pressure, quite frankly it wasn't necessary and it's easy to judge what one would do while sitting behind a computer. The bigger threat was the active shooter vs only a handful of officers. And for all you anti-cop commenters, keep in mind, officers are still people with families who are doing their job of upholding and enforcing the law. If you don't like the law, become a lawyer and change the law. The people in this video are heroes who were up against a crazed man set on death and destruction.
Some important points:
* The officer was shot in the left temple, not the neck. Period. I was there. I shot the video. It looks like he was shot in the neck, but he was in shock and holding the wrong area (or controlling the blood flow? Comment below (3/2017). You can see the exit wound in the back of his head in the video. See the followup interview with both officers if you still don't believe he was shot in the temple.
* The officer was actually shot 1/2 second before the video begins. Our photographer had hit the record button a second or two before it happened, but it was a tape-based news camera. Enable HD and pause the first few frames. You see him getting up from the chain link fence. He was thrown back from the force of the shot and bounced off the spring-like fence. He then gets up and returns fire.
* This is not fake. Google "Jarred Slocum" "Tim McFarland" "Prince St" etc and you will find that every major media agency in the world ran this story. To fake such a video would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. www.google.com/search
* The suspect lit the house on fire, then shot himself. Police did not burn the house down.
FOLLOWUP INTERVIEW WITH THE OFFICERS MONTHS LATER: www.youtube.com/watch
"Slocum, 28, said the bullet pierced his left temple, cracked his skull, severed arteries and came out behind his other ear. He said his doctors said his recovery so far is a miracle."
El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco said "That'll be used as a training tool for a long time", referring to our footage.
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Attempted Murder of a Police Officer - Update
DATE AND TIME OCCURRED: August 21, 2011; 5:07
LOCATION OF OCCURRENCE: 1033 Prince Street
SUSPECT: Kevin James Collier (3/22/79)