Armed school officer shoots and kills ‘aggressive’ intruder trying to enter locked Alabama elementary school

Democrats and anti-gun activists are often quick to dismiss Republican proposals that armed school resource officers are an effective deterrent or the best immediate response to stop potential school shootings.

Yet, that is exactly what happened in Alabama on Thursday when an armed school resource officer at an elementary school shot and killed an “intruder” who was allegedly attempting to gain access to the building, the Associated Press reported.

The incident occurred Thursday morning at the Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, where a few dozen students were inside to participate in a summer school literacy program. Nobody was harmed other than the intruder and the officer who immediately neutralized that potential threat before any children were endangered.

“Aggressive” intruder stopped outside the school

According to Georgia’s WSB-TV, a person passing by the school observed an “aggressive” man outside the school that was attempting to open multiple doors to the building as well as vehicles in the parking lot and called the police to report the suspicious behavior.

The school’s principal immediately double-checked that all of the doors to the school were locked while the armed resource officer immediately moved to confront the potential threat outside.

The officer and the man reportedly engaged in a physical conflict during which the man attempted to take the officer’s gun but ended up being shot and killed instead.

“It’s the kind of call you don’t want to get,” Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick told reporters. “You definitely have concern about something potentially traumatic that happens.”

The armed officer on scene ended the threat

The incident was first reported by local ABC affiliate WBMA, which noted that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency identified the now-dead alleged intruder as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White.

White was described as acting “aggressively” to enter the locked school and was actually attempting to break into the resource officer’s marked squad car when he was confronted and the physical altercation over the officer’s handgun ensued, which resulted in White being shot.

The officer was said to have suffered minor injuries during the struggle for which he received treatment at a local hospital.

“We put a lot into our schools in this county, and you hate to see anyone lose their life, but that’s what happens when people try to do things to hurt our kids,” Etowah County Sheriff Jonathan Horton said. “At least it ended in the front yard and everybody, the staff, and students are safe. The officers are safe.”

Having armed officers stationed at schools won’t necessarily prevent all acts of violence aimed at young school children, but as this incident shows, it can and does work to stop some and should at least receive more consideration as an option or solution.

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