Shocking new bodycam video shows suspect high on meth shooting a police officer in the chest – before his hero female colleague fatally shoots gunman in the head in ‘justifiable’ retaliation

  • New bodycam footage shows the moment Matthew-Tuan Ahn Tran, 22, fires at La Habra Police officer Mark Milward outside police headquarters in August 2021 
  • Milward and his partner, Abigail Fox, were responding to a call from a woman who was allegedly being stalked by Tran 
  • After speaking to Tran, Milward turns his back, and the suspect immediately pulls out a gun and fires at the officer, striking him twice 
  • Milward falls to the ground after a bullet pierces his armor, and Fox quickly shoots the gunman dead and rushes to her partner’s side 
  • The Orange County District Attorney’s Office found ‘no evidence of criminal culpability’ against Fox and said the shooting of the gunman was justified 

California prosecutors have released shocking bodycam footage of the moment a police officer was shot twice by a gunman before his partner returned fire. 

The video opens with La Habra Police officers Mark Milward and partner Abigail Fox arriving at their LA headquarter to assist a woman allegedly being stalked by 22-year-old Matthew-Tuan Ahn Tran on August 6, 2021. 

After speaking with the Tran, Milward walks to his car, but turns back when he hears his partner yelling at the suspect, only to find Tran pointing a gun at him. 

Tran fires twice, with one of the bullets piecing Milward’s body armor as he tumbles back in pain, dropping his own handgun before struggling to open his phone. 

Fox immediately fires five shots at the gunman, striking him in the head, and she then rushes to Milward’s side. 

Investigators ultimately determined that Fox was justified in using deadly force against Tran, who was revealed to have THC and methamphetamine in his system during the encounter, according to an autopsy report. 

Newly released bodycam footage shows the moment Matthew-Tuan Ahn Tran (above), 22, fires at La Habra Police officer Mark Milward outside police headquarters in August 2021

Newly released bodycam footage shows the moment Matthew-Tuan Ahn Tran (above), 22, fires at La Habra Police officer Mark Milward outside police headquarters in August 2021

Milward and his partner were responding to a call from a woman who was allegedly being stalked by Tran

The moment Milward turns his back on the suspect, Tran pulls out a gun and opens fire

Milward and his partner were responding to a call from a woman who was allegedly being stalked by Tran. After speaking to Tran (left) Milward turns his back, and the suspect immediately pulls out a gun (right) and fires at the officer 

Milward falls to the ground after a bullet pierces his armor, with his partner, Abigail Fox (pictured) shooting the gunman dead and rushing to check on the downed officer

Milward falls to the ground after a bullet pierces his armor, with his partner, Abigail Fox (pictured) shooting the gunman dead and rushing to check on the downed officer  

Pictured: Fox and Milward (center) receiving awards for their service for the local community. A probe by the DA's office found the shooting was justified

Pictured: Fox and Milward (center) receiving awards for their service for the local community. A probe by the DA’s office found the shooting was justified 

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office had opened an investigation into the incident, which is required during any officer-related shooting, and found ‘no evidence of criminal culpability’ against Fox. 

The incident began at around 6:25pm, when a woman called 911 about a 1998 Toyota Camry tailgating her and on 57 Freeway, following her no matter where she turned, the LA Times reports. 

Dispatchers advised the woman pull into the La Habra Police headquarters for safety as Fox and Milward were sent out to the scene at 7:10pm. 

‘What’s going on here,’ Milward could be heard asking Tran after arriving at scene and approaching him. 

‘I’m just seeing somebody right now,’ Tran responds standing outside the station. 

Milward asks the 22-year-old if he’s got anything to do with the two cars parked outside the station, belonging to the woman and her alleged stalker. 

Tran says he’s not, and when Milward tells him that he’ll be with him in a second, surveillance footage shows the suspect immediately took out a handgun and fired at the officer.   

Pictured: Tran outside the police headquarters ringing at the door after officers advised the stalking victim to enter the building for safety

Pictured: Tran outside the police headquarters ringing at the door after officers advised the stalking victim to enter the building for safety 

After being shot, Milward drops his gun and struggles to use his phone

After being shot, Milward drops his gun and struggles to use his phone 

Milward, who joined the force in 2019, was rushed to the hospital following the deadly shoot out, but he was released the following week to cheers and applause for his quick recovery. 

Milward and Fox have been touted as local heroes, with the latter praised for her quick action in taking down the gunman who downed her partner. 

The autopsy report, which was released this past August, found that of the five shots Fox fired, three hit Tran in the head, body and right thigh. 

After the shoutout, she could be seen rushing to her partners side attempting to comfort him as she called in the incident.   

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