On Thursday morning, a school resource officer in Alabama shot and killed an armed man who was trying to “forcefully” enter an elementary school.
The incident occurred in Alabama.
The incident took place on June 9 at Gadsden’s Walnut Park Elementary School, according to Tony Reddick, superintendent of Gadsden City Schools, WBMA reported.
According to Reddick, a man went door-to-door in an Etowah County elementary school in an aggressive attempt to get admission and made an attempt to enter the building.
Children were present at the site of the school, where summer school activities were being held at the time. According to WBMA’s reporting, the superintendent stated that the principal of the school had seen what was happening and had ordered a lockdown.
Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told reporters that a “potential intruder” went to several doors trying to get into Walnut Park Elementary School, where a summer literacy program was being conducted for 34 children. All the exterior doors were already locked.
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The principal at that point made a request for assistance from the school resource officer who was already present on campus.
According to the Associated Press, the school resource officer was an off-duty police officer from the Rainbow City Police Department.
The Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton was quoted as saying to The Gadsden Times that the officer engaged the armed man outside of the school building after first calling for assistance.
A school resource officer shot and killed a suspect near the Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama pic.twitter.com/V39vv5Wacx
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According to Sheriff Horton, an altercation took place, and a fatal shot was fired at the suspect. The heroic officer from the Rainbow City Police Department is claimed to have sustained minor injuries as a result of the incident, as stated by the sheriff, as reported by the Associated Press.
According to Sheriff Horton, there were no reports of any injuries to minors during the altercation.
The authorities have not yet disclosed the identity of the shooter, nor have they determined what motivated him to open fire.