I have always said it takes a special kind of person to be an officer or a soldier.
You have to, for very little money, be willing to put your life on the line for someone else and are often underappreciated.
But that is exactly what happened when Deputy Blaine Gaskill engaged a school shooter at a Maryland high school (Great Mills High School) and thwarted what could have been a much worse scenario.
Unfortunately, Austin Wyatt Rollins, the alleged shooter, was able to get a couple of rounds off, shooting a 16-year-old female and possibly a 14-year-old male.
The young lady is in ICU with “life-threatening” injuries, but the young man is listed in stable condition.
Deputy Gaskill is the school’s resource officer and immediately jumped into action to engage the shooter as soon as heard the shooting.
Thankfully, he did so, or this easily could have been far worse.
At this time, it is unclear whether the officer’s shot was the shot that took the shooter out or if Rollins committed suicide as the officer was closing in on him.
A spokesman stated, “Our school resource officer was alerted to the event. He pursued the shooter, engaged the shooter, fired a round at the shooter.”
The spokesman continued, “The shooter fired a round as well. In the hours and days to come, we’ll be able to determine if our school resource officer’s round struck the shooter.”
Investigators are also trying to determine of the 14-year-old was in fact struck by a bullet from Rollins’ gun or if he hit by a wayward shot by the Deputy Gaskill.
Officials are already looking into Rollins’ social media accounts for signs something was going to happen as well as if he had a relationship with the girl that was shot to see if there is a connection there.
We are thankful to the officer for responding properly and our thoughts go out to the young lady and her family that she is able to recover from her injuries.
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