Alabama school resource officer kills man trying to enter school -Breaking
(Reuters] – The attempted break in to an Alabama elementary school school was broken into by a man. He was killed after a dispute with a school security officer.
Local media reports that the victim was identified as Robert Tyler White (32), Bunnlevel in North Carolina. He was shot and killed outside Walnut Park Elementary School, Gadsden. This school is about 60-miles (96km) northeast Birmingham.
Tony Reddick, Gadsden City School superintendent, said that 34 children of elementary age were at the school for a summer literacy camp, when the incident occurred outside. AL.com is a state news source.
Reddick said that the primary concern of his team was to make sure no unauthorized person entered our building, and our children were safe.
Two weeks ago, a gunman attacked Robb Elementary school in Uvalde Texas and murdered 19 children and their teachers. National debate has been rekindled about U.S. gun law and school districts have begun to examine their safety procedures.
On Thursday morning in Gadsden, officers responded to a call by a resident reporting that a suspect was trying to enter several doors of the school and get into cars.
White attempted to steal the firearm of the school resource officer and the pair got into a fight. Horton reported that several other officers intervened and that White tried to take the officer’s firearm.
The school resource officer was exemplary. He confronted the threat and dealt with it.
According to the sheriff, none of the officers sustained serious injuries.
The motive for the suspect’s presence at the school was not immediately clear. It is also unclear if he was armed. The state police is currently investigating the matter and officials with them were not available immediately.