The two police officers shot in a standoff and murder-suicide in South Richmond were honored Tuesday, given one of the Richmond Police Department's highest awards.
For the first time, we are hearing about the dangerous and deadly incident from the officers themselves.
Back in April, the call came in as a welfare check at an address on Rusk Avenue. What started as a typical call for officers became anything but typical, when they got there to find a family concerned about their loved one possibly stuck inside a house with her boyfriend and a gun.
"The unknown situation is worse than somebody calling us and giving us all of the details," explained Sgt. Wesley Partin.
He and Officer Alejandro Ardila recalled that unknown situation on that April day. They came up with a game plan because they needed to find out what was going with Christina Squire and her boyfriend Clarence Taylor II.
"As soon as we hit the kitchen we could see the female in the living room," Ardila described. "She had a hole in her head unfortunately. She was deceased. Soon as we hit the corner to the hallway to start clearing the bedrooms we immediately started taking fire."
"He was waiting for us," Partin said. "He had it all blacked out and he just opened up on us."
What happened next is the worst case scenario--something these guys train for, but hope doesn't happen.
"I hear Sgt. Partin telling me that I was hit, kinda broke my tunnel vision and I look over at him and I can tell that he was hit, as well, and he was bleeding," Ardila told us.
Partin and Ardila returned fire and took cover. They both were able to make it out of the house and were rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds to their arms.
We asked them if at any point during the ordeal they thought they might not make it out alive.
"Not at the time, it doesn't even cross your mind," Ardila recalled. "You don't have time to think about that."
Tuesday, Partin and Ardila were given one of the department's highest honors, but they want to make sure the dozens of officers and EMS personnel who rushed to the scene are also recognized.
"I regret that I didn't get the chance to write them up for a medal, as well," Partin revealed.
"I wouldn't expect anything different from the guys that I work with," Ardila added. "That's just the type of people they are, but of course thank you for showing up."
The standoff lasted more than five hours. When a tactical team entered the home, it found the bodies of Squire and Taylor. Authorities believe Taylor shot himself.
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