Maryland High School’s Resource Officer Deputy Blaine Gaskill Hailed HERO For Ending School Shooting

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A school shooting this morning at a Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland, has left the alleged shooter dead, and two other students injured, according to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Tim Cameron said the alleged gunman, 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, shot a 16-year-old female student and a 14-year-old male student with a handgun.

“This is something that we train, practice and in reality, we hope would never come to fruition. This is our worst nightmare,” Cameron said. “There is indication that a prior relationship existed between the shooter and female victim. We are working to determine if that was part of the motive for this shooting.”

A hero has emerged in the wake of the incident. The school’s resource officer, Deputy Blaine Gaskill, is being hailed “a true hero” for “saving the lives of the students in the school.” Sheriff Cameron confirmed that Gaskill “immediately responded and engaged the shooter.”

“He was unharmed and he responded exactly as we train our personnel to respond,” Cameron said of the SRO. “In the aftermath of this, he’s doing well and we’re going to do everything we can to support and promote him in his well being. These are children, I’m sure that weighs on his mind.”

“This is the way it should have been handled,” another Maryland official added of Gaskill’s courageous actions. “This is a tough guy who apparently closed in very quickly. While it’s still tragic, he may have saved other people’s lives.”


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