Responding officer reflects on Purdue shooting

Coomey spotted suspect kneeling upon arrival

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - For West Lafayette Police Department Officer Kevin Coomey, the last day has been tough. What he saw on Purdue University’s campus Tuesday is what most officers dread.

A shooting on campus left 21-year-old Andrew Boldt , of West Bend, Wis., dead.

Coomey was in his patrol car listening to the police radio when he heard that shots had been fired. He was only six blocks away from the scene and arrived to the Electrical Engineering Building within 90 seconds.

"The one person that stood out was a gentleman kneeling near the curb. His legs were crossed and his hands were on his head. Just staring straight ahead," Coomey said.

That man, 23-year-old Cody Cousins, a senior engineering student, is accused of walking into a classroom and shooting 21-year-old Andrew Boldt.

Both were seniors and teaching assistants. Coomey didn't know whether the man kneeling near a curb was the victim or suspect. He drew his gun and approached.

"I ordered him down to the ground. When he moved, I saw the blood on his hands and I knew I made the right choice," Coomey said.

Within two minutes, other officers arrived. Cousins was handcuffed while Coomey helped search the engineering building for other possible suspects, but there was only one.

The young man surrendering not far from the scene of the crime remained silent and stared straight ahead emotionless, Coomey said.

"That's the way it seemed. A shell there. Not a human being," Coomey said.

Cousins is set to make his first court appearance Thursday.

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