Man shot, killed after trying to enter Gadsden elementary school

A man who was reportedly trying to “forcibly enter” an Alabama elementary school Thursday morning was shot and killed by police, according to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jonathan Horton said a concerned citizen called 911 after noticing a man trying to get inside Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama, and trying to enter vehicles in the parking lot around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. 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 locked and the principal contacted the school resource officer when she realized what was happening, Reddick said. Horton said the school resource officer went outside to check on the situation. The officer found the person and started engaging in a conversation with him, which led to a physical altercation. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency later reported the person was attempting to “forcibly enter” a marked police patrol vehicle near the school when the resource officer attempted to stop him.A physical fight ensued and a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the suspect was attempting to take the officer’s gun. ALEA said Gadsden police officers arrived at the scene to provide backup. The altercation ended after the man was shot and killed.ALEA later identified the man as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White, of Bunnlevel, North Carolina. Officials don’t know whether the man was a “passerby” or something else, Reddick said.A statement from ALEA, which didn’t mention any attempt to enter the school, didn’t say how many shots were fired or by whom.Authorities didn’t immediately release details including whether White was armed or why he might have been trying to get into the school or patrol car.The resource officer was injured during the fight and taken to the hospital for treatment. White never made entry to the school. No students were hurt and most didn’t realize anything unusual had happened, Reddick said.“Our primary concern was just making sure that someone who wasn’t authorized to be in our building does not enter and our kids are safe,” he said.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sent a tweet saying school police “immediately took action, faculty inside the building followed safety protocols and all children present were kept out of harm’s way.”“I commend all involved for acting quickly to protect these children,” it said.Gadsden is about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A man who was reportedly trying to “forcibly enter” an Alabama elementary school Thursday morning was shot and killed by police, according to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jonathan Horton said a concerned citizen called 911 after noticing a man trying to get inside Walnut Park Elementary School in Gadsden, Alabama, and trying to enter vehicles in the parking lot around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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 locked and the principal contacted the school resource officer when she realized what was happening, Reddick said.

Horton said the school resource officer went outside to check on the situation. The officer found the person and started engaging in a conversation with him, which led to a physical altercation.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency later reported the person was attempting to “forcibly enter” a marked police patrol vehicle near the school when the resource officer attempted to stop him.

A physical fight ensued and a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the suspect was attempting to take the officer’s gun. ALEA said Gadsden police officers arrived at the scene to provide backup.

The altercation ended after the man was shot and killed.

ALEA later identified the man as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White, of Bunnlevel, North Carolina. Officials don’t know whether the man was a “passerby” or something else, Reddick said.

A statement from ALEA, which didn’t mention any attempt to enter the school, didn’t say how many shots were fired or by whom.

Authorities didn’t immediately release details including whether White was armed or why he might have been trying to get into the school or patrol car.

The resource officer was injured during the fight and taken to the hospital for treatment.

White never made entry to the school. No students were hurt and most didn’t realize anything unusual had happened, Reddick said.

“Our primary concern was just making sure that someone who wasn’t authorized to be in our building does not enter and our kids are safe,” he said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sent a tweet saying school police “immediately took action, faculty inside the building followed safety protocols and all children present were kept out of harm’s way.”

“I commend all involved for acting quickly to protect these children,” it said.

Gadsden is about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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