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Officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo hailed online for Nashville school shooting response (Image via Metro Nashville Police Department)

“These men are absolute heroes”: Nashville police body cam footage goes viral as officers hailed online 

The Metro Nashville Police Department has released bodycam footage showing law enforcement officers responding to the deadly Covenant Church School shooting incident that left six people dead, including three children and three adults.

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BREAKING: Nashville Police release bodycam footage showing officers neutralizing trans shooter of Christian school

In the video, police officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo can be seen heroically facing suspect Audrey Hale before taking down the shooter in a fatal encounter.

The footage opened with the officers entering the Nashville school premises in a car before being guided towards the destination by a woman standing outside the campus. The woman can be heard saying,

“The kids are all locked down, but we have two kids that we don't know where they are.”

A male staff member could then be seen handing officer Englebert the key to access the school. Reports suggest Hale was standing in front of a large window in the institution's second-floor atrium when police arrived at the scene.


The chilling video showed determined officers looking for the shooter by frantically searching through each classroom and hallway while sirens blazed in the background. The sound of gunshots could be heard around the three-minute mark of the six-minute footage, prompting the cops to climb a staircase.

The officers can be seen reaching the second floor before spotting Hale in front of a window inside the atrium. The shooter then fired shots towards the officers but was immediately shot down in an encounter.

Officer Englebert reportedly fired the first few shots using his service rifle before officer Collazo shot Hale another four times. Shortly after, the shooter was seen lying dead on the ground before the officers approached them and took the gun away from their hand.

Officer Collazo could also be heard saying, “suspect down” in the body camera footage. As the video of the police response went viral online, several social media users praised officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo for their bravery and efforts. Some even dubbed them as “heroes”:

Nashville Police have released the bodycam footage and it cannot be stressed enough how remarkable this response was. These men are absolute heroes.

Reports suggest that officers Englebert and Collazo, along with other cops from the Nashville Police Department, took down Audrey Hale within five minutes of arriving at the Covenant School grounds. The cops reportedly responded to the incident 14 minutes after the first 911 call.

According to NewsChannel5 Nashville, Officer Michael Collazo is a nine-year MNPD veteran and Officer Rex Englebert is a four-year MNPD veteran.

Netizens praise officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo for Nashville school shooting response

Netizens dubbed officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo "heroes" over Covenant School shooting response (Image via Audrey Hale/LinkedIn and Metro Nashville Police Department)

Bodycam footage showing Metro Nashville Police Department officers Rex Englebert and Michael Collazo responding to the Covenant School shooting incident went viral online.

In the video, the cops can be seen rushing through the school premises before taking down shooting suspect Audrey Hale in a fatal encounter. In the wake of the tragic incident, several social media users took to Twitter to praise the officers for their response and bravery:

The hero cops who took down the Nashville elementary school shooter: Officer Rex Engelbart (left) and Officer Michael Collazo (right).

Thank you Officer Rex Englebert & Officer Michael Collazo.

Here are the two heroes from horrible shooting who took out the shooter at Covenant Christian School. Pray for those who have to live their lives with the memory of yesterday. Prayers for the victims & families.
Nashville Police Officer Michael Collazo and Officer Rex Englebert shot and killed school shooter Audrey Hale.

Officer Rex Englebert and Officer Michael Collazo confronted and shot and killed the person behind the Covenant School shooting. MNPD says they didn’t hesitate to enter the school.
These are the heroic Nashville officers who confronted the Covenant School shooter without hesitation and fatally shot the 28-year-old — Officer Rex Englebert & Officer Michael Collazo. @livenowfox
These are the two heroic Nashville police officers, Officer Rex Englebert and Officer Michael Collazo, who fatally shot 28-year-old transgender shooter Audrey "Aiden" Hale, stopping the trans mass murderer's rampage inside the Covenant School.
These are the two courageous Nashville officers who dealt Justice to #AudreyHale, childkiller, yesterday.

We salute Officer Michael Collazo, and Officer Rex Englebert.
NEW: Nashville Police Officers Michael Collazo & Rex Englebert were credited with taking out the school shooter yesterday.

Thank you for your service 🏿
#Nashville Police Officer Michael Collazo & Officer Rex Englebert shot & killed school shooter #AudreyHale. These officers ran toward the gunfire, killed the shooter and undoubtedly saved many lives. Thank you for being the true meaning of HERO!!! #MichaelCollazo #RexEngleberttwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
@DC_Draino God bless officers Rex Englebert and Officer Michael Collazo

The Nashville school shooting incident took the lives of six innocent individuals. The victims were identified as Head of School Katherine Koonce (60), custodian Mike Hill (61), substitute teacher Cynthia Peak (61) and nine-year-old children Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney.

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