Officer Lane Butler (picture) was shot in the back by partner Aaron Wright on January 8
An Indiana police officer is in critical but stable condition after she was accidentally shot by her partner while on duty.
The Lafayette Police Department released body camera footage showing Officer Lane Butler, her partner Aaron Wright and a third officer searching a home for a fugitive on January 8.
After the officers failed to find the suspect inside, Butler is seen on camera exiting the home with Wright following behind her with his gun drawn.
Authorities say that’s when a dog inside the home attacked Wright, causing him to fire his gun and strike Butler in the back.
Butler was wearing a bulletproof vest, but the bullet hit right above it in her shoulder.
‘Our conclusion in this incident was this was not a result of an act of negligence, carelessness or otherwise reckless behavior,’ Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly said at a press conference Friday. ‘It was accidental.’
Body camera footage shows the moment Officer Wright accidentally fired at Butler
They were searching a home for a suspect when a dog attacked Wright
Wright had his gun drawn and accidentally shot Butler above her bulletproof vest
Police say the dog escaped its cage and attacked Wright from behind. In the video the dog can be heard barking loudly before he fired.
Butler immediately collapsed to the ground outside of the home and the officers in the video can be heard shouting, ‘What happened?’
Body camera footage shows the two officers immediately coming to assist Butler.
Wright runs to flag down another police car responding to the scene and they help Butler inside, who remains conscious throughout.
An ambulance eventually arrives and they as they load her into the back, Butler appears to be going into shock and collapses.
She is now recovering at Franciscan Health Lafayette East.
Butler has been with the Lafayette Police Department for three years
She is in critical but stable condition and expected to recover
‘We again just want to extend our prayers to her and her family and all of her loved ones and let them know that they will have our continued support,’ Flannelly said. ‘We’re thankful that she is doing well and improving. That’s the most important thing.’
‘Officer Butler is an amazing public servant and is a dedicated and valued member of our agency,’ the department said in a press release.
‘She is demonstrating tremendous courage and strength and she fights to recover from her injury.’
Butler was just days away from celebrating three years with the police department at the time of the shooting.
Officer Wright will not face disciplinary actions