In rare move, Des Moines police release body-cam video in deadly shooting

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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) -- Des Moines Police released new details Tuesday in a 2017 officer-involved shooting, along with the dramatic body camera footage.

The video shows the moments leading up to 29-year-old Tiffany Potter's death, including the moment she fired a handgun.

It has been more than six months since the shooting, but because of an internal investigation, police are now able to fill in some of the gaps of that July 5th officer-involved shooting that killed Tiffany Potter.

The video shows just how quickly everything went down that night.

In just a matter of seconds, Potter is seen running from her vehicle and firing one round from her handgun.

That's when Officer Brandon Holtan fired his gun 12 times, hitting Potter 10 times, all below the waist, ultimately killing her.

Two other officers responded with Holtan, officers Brady Pratt and Brian Buck.

"(Holtan) heard Brian (Buck) yell ‘Gun!” Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said. “He had obviously seen the muzzle flash, he'd seen the smoke from the gun and he heard the gun and processed that all to be the threat that was in front of him."

All three officers were placed on paid administrative leave immediately after the shooting, but are now back to work.

A grand jury decided not to indict the officers back in October. Des Moines police said an internal investigation found no wrongdoing.

"Our investigation took a while, but it came to the conclusion that this was necessary, it was appropriate and it was within the guidelines of our policy," Parizek said.

A friend who was with Potter at the time of the shooting said she was making threatening statements toward police.

KCCI reached out to Potter's family Tuesday but did not hear back.

View the original story on KCCI's website.