It’s been reported that an “intruder” was fatally shot by responding police on Thursday outside of an elementary school in Gadsen, Alabama.
The potential intruder reportedly went to several locked doors in an attempt to make ingress into Walnut Park Elementary School before police “shot him dead”, according to Gadsen City Schools Superintendent Tony Reddick.
This of course comes on the heels of the tragedy that recently took place in Uvalde, Texas. It is uncertain as of yet whether or not the intruder was armed.
A person who was trying to enter an Alabama elementary school where a summer program was being held was shot to death by a police officer Thursday morning, authorities said.
Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton told The Gadsden Times that a police officer from nearby Rainbow City was working as a school resource officer and encountered the person, got involved in an altercation and called for backup, Horton said. At least one other officer responded and the person was shot to death.
No students were hurt, sheriff’s officials said. “All kids are out” of the building, Reddick said, and most didn’t even realize something had happened.
“We don’t know the potential of what could have happened had those two officers not responded the way they did, so we very much commend them for that,” Reddick said.
Authorities didn’t immediately release the identity of the person who was killed or any details about the altercation, including whether the person who died was armed or why they might have been trying to get into the school.
We will provide more information as details emerge.