GLENDALE, AZ - Derek Danas lives at the Glendale apartment complex where Glendale police Officer Brad Jones was killed Friday night and had a clear view of the events leading up to and after the shooting.
"All you hear is, 'he shot a cop, he shot a cop.' And then the first thing I thought is he was just going to open fire on everybody else," said Danas, who added it was a typical Friday night at the apartment complex with lots of activity, including children playing.
He was sitting with his friend Nawrs Alhelfee. They both had a direct view of where police said Ryan Heisler, 20, shot at his probation officer and Jones.
"As soon as I heard the gun shots, we jumped up and I looked and I could just see the lights flashing," Danas said.
Alhelfee couldn't believe what was happening.
"You could just see his [Heisler's] face. He was just walking up towards him [Jones], no remorse, just kept shooting. Got over on top of him and just unloaded the whole gun," Alhelfee said.
Alhelfee and Danas both said Heisler kept to himself. Neighbors knew him as "Eclipse."
Alhelfee recalled his last interaction with Heisler days before.
Heisler tried to sell Alhelfee a gun and now he wonders if that's the same gun he used to allegedly shoot Jones.
The friends recall Heisler talking to his probation officer 30 to 40 minutes.
An officer, presumably Jones, showed up.
They frisked Heisler, Alhelfee said.
But they can't understand why officer Jones and the probation officer allowed Heisler to go back upstairs to use the bathroom.
Ten minutes later, they remember hearing gun shots.
"And then he ran upstairs, as soon as he ran upstairs, he was trying to kick his door in and he couldn't get in so he came downstairs," Danas said, describing what he saw Heisler doing after the initial shooting.
"Then he grabbed the gun again," Alhelfee said. "He grabbed the cop's gun and shot him one more time with his own gun."
"And then he kicked the cop. And after he kicked the cop, he got in the cop car and took off," Danas said.
Glendale police confirmed a short chase followed.
Heisler crashed Jones' patrol car, then took off running.
When police officers caught up, he pointed a gun at them and officers quickly fired, injuring Heisler.
Heisler was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where at last check he was in critical condition.
Jones was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital where he later died.
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