Patrolman Keith Broady and Cpl. Dan Lawhorn, both of the Jeffersonville Police Department, stood on each side of room 204 at Jeffersonville’s Motel 6 around 7 p.m. Thursday night.
The officers knocked on the door, though it’s still not known whether they introduced themselves as police.
Seconds later, 37-year-old Robert Datillo opened the door with a gun in his hand. There were no words, just shots, Jeffersonville Detective Todd Hollis said.
“Datillo opened the door with one hand and shot with the other,” Hollis said Tuesday.
Broady took the first bullet to the chest just outside of his protective vest. As he was shot, he retreated around a corner for cover. Lawhorn retreated in the opposite direction, receiving three shots to the leg as he did so. He got away from the room, but collapsed before he made it to cover.
Broady fired two unsuccessful shots as Datillo ran down a stairwell near where Broady had taken cover.
An indiscernible yell went out over the police department’s radios.
“I hurt,” Broady could be heard saying a second later.
“Shots ... fired. Radio, shots fired, radio.”
“Radio, code 3, can’t breathe.” Code 3 means turn on lights and sirens.
Those were among the new details released during a press conference by JPD regarding last Thursday’s shooting. Reporters heard radio traffic from the night of the shooting, and officers gave details on how the incident was handled.
“It’s emotional,” Hollis said. “It’s very hard to listen to, very hard.”
Broady and Lawhorn are still in serious but stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville. Datillo took his own life the next day, following a more than 10-hour standoff with police and other agencies at a south Louisville home.
Datillo had been wanted by police in connection with another crime earlier in the month. A friend, Vincent D. Windell Jr., 22, had rented the room for Datillo.
When Windell came to the Motel 6 office that evening, a bag of marijuana fell out of his pocket, thus prompting the clerk to call the police.
Broady arrived first and talked to the clerk, just before the shooting occurred.
Several other units were inbound following Broady’s call that shots were fired. Lawhorn lay on the ground bleeding for about seven minutes before he was able to reach his radio and tell officers that he too had been wounded.
“680’s down,” Lawhorn said, referring to his badge number.
“Where are you at 80?” an officer responded.
“I’m down. Hurry up.”
The officers first arriving at the scene believed he was on the third floor of the building. He was actually on the second floor.
“80, where are you? Are you in a room?” another responded.
Police began kicking in doors on the third floor, looking for the fallen officer.
Finally, officer Steve Dean responded, “He’s right above the [first floor] office. I need some packs up here now. He’s hit a femoral artery. Clear? Femoral artery.”
Lawhorn became the priority because of the amount of blood he had lost at scene. Radio traffic could be heard from police as they escorted the two in ambulances to the hospital.
Broady — still able to talk to his fellow officers — gave the name of Windell. Police vehicles began heading toward an address along Williams Street, to which Windell had been associated with.
Later, a call came in from the Clarksville area of a man standing in the street, telling motorists to hit him with their vehicles because he just shot two police officers.
It wasn’t until later that police learned that Datillo was the shooter. Windell and a third suspect, Kyle Bieber, were taken into custody and later released Friday.
Bieber has since been picked back up and charged with assisting a criminal. Windell is being sought for questioning, police say.
SO YOU KNOW
Upcoming events and accounts to honor Cpl. Dan Lawhorn and Patrolman Keith Broady, two Jeffersonville Police Department officers shot Thursday in the line of duty.
• FRIDAY — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 321 E. Market St., Jeffersonville. Fish, fries, slaw and homemade desserts and bread. Cost is $8 for all-you-can-eat dine in or $7 for carry-out. All proceeds benefit the officers. Call 812-282-1108 for more information.
• MONDAY — 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Clark County Red Cross blood center, 1807 E. Eighth St., Jeffersonville. Call 812-283-8416 for more information.
• MARCH 8 — Indiana Impact AAU will host a “knockout challenge” fundraiser for the officers, with registration at 5 p.m. at Nachand Fieldhouse, 601 E. Court Ave., Jeffersonville. The challenge is a basketball shooting contest for all skill levels. The cost is $20 per person and there are eight chances to win. Also, eight area businesses are providing March Madness lunches as prizes to winners on March 20. People can donate and pick a designated shooter if they wish. Contact Keith Fetz at email@example.com or 502-876-6962 for more information.
• Accounts for monetary donations have been set up at Fifth Third Bank, First Savings Bank, New Washington State Bank and Republic Bank
CARDS AND LETTERS
• Should be sent to Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 100, 4711 New Middle Road, Jeffersonville, IN, 47130
• If your group is holding an event to help officers Broady and Lawhorn, let us know. Send the information to newsroom@