Police Fatally Shoot Man Trying to Break Into Elementary School

Police Fatally Shoot Man Trying To Break Into Elementary School

Shots Fatally Fired — Man Attempts Breaking Into Elementary School

(TargetLiberty.org) – Alabama cops have killed a man who was “aggressively” trying to enter an elementary school. The shooting took place while dozens of students were inside the school — but it seems swift action by school staff minimized any potential risk to children.

Around 9:30 a.m. last Thursday, June 9, a Gadsden, Alabama, resident called police to say a man was acting suspiciously outside Walnut Park Elementary School, where 34 students were attending a summer literacy camp. The man, later identified as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White, reportedly tried to open several doors to the school as well as enter vehicles — including a marked patrol vehicle belonging to school resource officers. Two officers approached White, then a scuffle broke out and White tried to take one of the officer’s service weapons. At that point, he was fatally shot.

While the incident has parents alarmed, Gadsden City School Superintendent Tony Reddick says the district’s safety protocols were quickly activated and worked well. As soon as the incident began, the school went into lockdown; students were then evacuated to Gadsden City High School, where their parents collected them. Reddick said “It’s the kind of call you don’t want to get,” but pointed out that school staff are regularly drilled on how to respond to active shooter incidents. He said staff response to this incident was “an example of… the right thing to do.”

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