Aurora PD Release 911 Calls, Dispatch Radio Audio From Henry Pratt Shooting

Andy Dahn
February 25, 2019 - 12:51 pm

Aurora Illinois Police Department

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Aurora Police Department has released audio that reveals what the deadly shooting at the Henry Pratt facility was like for authorities.

The Facebook post read:

"We have chosen to publish a portion of the 911 calls placed to our Dispatch Center as the events surrounding the Henry Pratt tragedy unfolded.

We are also posting the emergency radio traffic of the incident, including radio dispatch, law enforcement response, and rescue attempts made during the shooting incident.

This decision was not made carelessly as we understand the troubling nature of these calls, but as a matter of public interest and our ongoing commitment to transparency within our community, we agree that you have a right to hear the courageous souls who helped us bring this horrible tragedy to a swift conclusion."

WARNING: This audio may be disturbing to some. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

As emergency radio traffic dispatchers gathered information.

"We're hearing more shots over the phone," one said. "We have an identity of the shooter: Gary Martin."

Officers on scene remained in constant communication.

"Next responding units, set up a perimeter," an officer can be heard saying. "Get the shields out!"

And worked to keep an eye on the gunman.

"We've got shots coming out of the door on the south side, right under door 14. That's where we took fire. He was right inside of the door there the last we saw him."

"He could be anywhere in the building."

The department acknowledges that some of the audio is disturbing.

"I'm hit," an officer said. "I'm still in the fight."

But said the decision to release it was made carefully, with public interest and transparency in mind.