Bodycam footage released of Bensenville officer shot 8 times while answering domestic call
BESENVILLE, Illinois – Bodycam footage was released on Wednesday showing the shooting of a Besenvillle police officer – who was shot and killed eight times earlier this month.
Constable Steven Kotlewski answered a domestic call at block 100 South York Road just before 1 a.m. on Saturday, November 6.
In the video, his own body camera footage shows Kotlewski walking towards an apartment in a York Road resort.
He walks into the apartment and sees a woman sitting on a sofa. Within moments, he is confronted by a gunman, later identified as Kiante Tyler, 21, who immediately opens fire.
Kotlewski is unable to draw his service weapon because he receives eight bullets. He fired one shot in the back, which was stopped by his waistcoat, and another in the back that landed under his waistcoat. Kotlewski was also shot in the legs several times.
On Saturday, a rally was held in Bensenville in honor of Kotlewski. An Austin Edwards concert was held and residents were given the opportunity to donate blood.
Tyler was arrested at the scene. He is charged with attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault and battery against a police officer with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault and battery against a police officer. Tyler’s bail was turned down.
The family said Kotlewski was doing much better with the help of physiotherapy. He has not yet been released from the hospital.
A GoFundMe for Kotlewski and his family raised over $ 181,000.
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