Karl Pierson, 18, killed himself just one minute and 20 seconds after entering a suburban Denver high school because he knew a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the school was closing in, authorities said. The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of that deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school.
The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. said.
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Once he learned of the threat, he ran — accompanied by an unarmed school security officer and two administrators — from the cafeteria to the library, Robinson said. “It’s a fairly long hallway, but the deputy sheriff got there very quickly.”
The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”
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He praised the deputy’s response as “a critical element to the shooter’s decision” to kill himself, and lauded his response to hearing gunshots. “He went to the thunder,” he said. “He heard the noise of gunshot and, when many would run away from it, he ran toward it to make other people safe.”
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The shooter’s weapons had been purchased legally on December 6 at a local outlet, Robinson said. Robinson also credited the faculty member for having left the school as soon as the threat became apparent. “In my opinion, that was the most important tactical decision that could have been made,” Robinson said on Friday. The faculty member “left that school in an effort to try to encourage the shooter to also leave the school.”