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Polson Police Officer embraces baby, family after witnessing deadly Las Vegas shooting

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It was a solemn homecoming in Missoula on Monday afternoon as Allegiant Flight 560 arrived from Las Vegas, following Sunday night's deadly mass shooting.

One Polson Police Officer found himself in the middle of the shooting spree and told ABC FOX Montana's Angela Marshall that he's lucky to have survived.

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It's a hug unlike any Cody Doyle has given before.

Upon entering the airport terminal, he walks immediately toward his family and hugs them tighter than before.

"Daddy!" cry his two daughters.

His fiance, his newborn baby boy, daughters and parents were there to greet him off of the plane.

Cody traveled to Las Vegas to attend the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas with a group of more than a dozen friends.

He shot a video during the show's closing act, Jason Aldean.
Then, eight minutes later...

"I saw a couple of people laying on the ground, not moving," says Cody Doyle. "People were starting to get shot. Multiple people were panicking and moving in all different directions and it was just mass hysteria."

As a member of the Polson Police Department, his instinct to 'Protect and Serve' immediately went into action.

"I put myself between the sound of the gunfire and a couple of my friends. And I'm trying, I'm trying to get them to safety."

Cody fought to remove his friends and himself from the chaos, away from the concert floor through a drink vendor's booth and out a service station.

"In my mind, if there were multiple shooters, they were going to go to the area where there is multiple."

It was when they befriended a local couple at a hotel away from the Las Vegas Strip that, he says, he knew he was safe.
He and his friends were some of the lucky ones.

"I can't describe it any other way. It's the stuff that nightmares are made of. My condolences go out to all of the people who were injured and died because of this man. Hold your loved ones close."

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And that's exactly what he's doing; hugging his loved ones, not letting go and humbled to know he is alive to do so.

Angela did ask Cody if he will travel to Las Vegas in the future or attend a concert. He said, 'yes,' and that he won't live his life in fear. He said that he will continue to live it to the fullest and that includes traveling and concert-going.

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It was a solemn homecoming in Missoula on Monday afternoon, as Allegiant Flight 560 arrived from Las Vegas following Sunday night's deadly mass shooting.

Immediately upon entering the airport terminal, Cody Doyle walked directly toward his family, and hugged them, tightly.

That included his parents, fiance, daughters and newborn baby son.

Doyle was one of the 22,000 people, who found himself in the middle of the shooting spree during the Jason Aldean concert.

And for this officer of the Polson Police Department, it was a scenario that he said he is lucky survive.

"I put myself between myself and the sound of the gunfire, and a couple of my friends," said Cody Doyle. "And I'm trying, I'm trying to get them to safety. And I'm trying to get them to safety as fast as I can and in the mean time, keep the people around us calm, and stay calm, myself, which was really hard to do."

Cody Doyle traveled to the concert with a group of more than a dozen friends.

He said that all of them walked away from the event arena unharmed.

Hear his incredible story of protecting his friends from shots fired, helping them make it to safety and his endearing appreciation for his family now more than ever Monday night on the FOX Montana News at Nine and the ABC Montana News at 10.

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