WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A mountain of evidence released Monday confirms only that chaos and confusion dominated the suburban New York scene where a college football player was shot and killed by a police officer through the windshield of his moving car.
Police dispatcher recordings reveal a quick escalation from a standard "fight in progress" call to shouts of "Shots fired! Officer down!" One officer who thought he had shot another weeps in relief when he learns it's not true. And surviving passengers in the car say visibility was limited by condensation on the windshield, suggesting the possibility that the driver couldn't easily see the policeman who tried to stop him and then shot him.
The materials released Monday are from the investigation into the 2010 shooting of Danroy Henry Jr., 20, of Easton, Mass.
The policeman who acknowledged shooting Henry, Pleasantville Officer Aaron Hess, was cleared by a grand jury, but Henry's family is suing him; they released the documents after a judge gave his permission.
Henry, a Pace University football player known as D.J., was shot in his Nissan Altima as he drove through a parking lot away from a disturbance that had spilled out of a bar on Homecoming Day. He had been parked in a fire lane, and key witnesses seem to agree that he drove off when a policeman tapped on the window.
But the policeman says he yelled, "Stop!" One passenger, Henry's friend Brandon Cox, said he heard that. The other passenger said, "I have no idea why D.J. didn't stop."
The car -- which the accident report says traveled at 15 to 24 mph in the parking lot -- then hit Hess, police said, and the officer ended up on the hood. The Henry family attorney, Michael Sussman, said Monday there's evidence Hess jumped onto the hood and was not hit.
Some witnesses said Hess couldn't get out of the way; some said he jumped into the car's path.
Hess, who later said he could stop the car only by shooting the driver, fired into the car, which crashed into a police cruiser.
Cox, who was also wounded, told police that Henry yelled, "They shot me! They shot me!"
A dashboard camera from another police car recorded a video of the aftermath, in which Henry, dying from his gunshots, and Hess, his leg injured from the impact of the car, are treated on the ground. In a statement to police, one paramedic said she told another that she thought Henry was dead but the second paramedic went to his aid anyway.
Henry, and then Hess, are eventually wheeled off on gurneys.
There is no video of the shooting itself, lawyers say.
But witness statements describe the parking lot as a chaotic scene, with other students frightened and angry at police to the point where some were subdued with stun guns. Several students also are suing.
The police-call shouts of "Shots fired! Officer down!" likely left the impression that it was an officer who had been shot, but only officers fired during the incident. However, another police report reveals that Hess easily could have been shot by a fellow officer.
That report says Mount Pleasant Officer Ronald Beckley told a lieutenant a few hours after the shooting that he feared he had shot Hess.
According to the document, Beckley told the lieutenant that he heard gunshots and saw a car speeding toward him. He also saw a person in dark clothing on the hood, and believed that person was firing the shots, the lieutenant wrote.
Beckley then fired at Henry's car, the report says, and believed he had shot the person on the hood.
"It wasn't until after the car stopped that he realized the person he thought he had shot at was police Officer Aaron Hess," the report said.
The lieutenant wrote that when Beckley learned Hess had been injured by the car but had not been shot, he "began to cry attempting to hold back his emotions."
Danroy Henry Sr. said in an email message that the document shows Beckley perceived Hess, not Henry, as the threat.
"What actually gets Beckley's attention is a shooter, not a reckless driver running people over who had to be gunned down to stop the threat," the father said.
Hess' attorney did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
An autopsy found that Henry's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving, but his family denies he was drunk. Cox told police he saw Henry have one drink.
Sussman said he released the evidence he thought was "most pertinent" and would release more when he can. He has asked the Department of Justice to investigate and said Monday he has a meeting next week with Justice representatives.