Man shot, killed after trying to enter Gadsden elementary school


An investigation is underway in Gadsden after a man reportedly trying to enter Walnut Park Elementary School was shot and killed by police Thursday morning, 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 of the elementary school and trying to enter vehicles in the parking lot around 9:30 am Thursday. Police alerted the school resource officer, who is a Rainbow City police officer. 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 Rainbow City patrol vehicle near the school when the resource officer attempted to stop him. A physical fight ensued and ALEA reported 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 him as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White, of Bunnlevel, North Carolina.CORRECTION: We initially reported the school resource officer shot and killed the suspect, but authorities have not clarified which agency fired the shots.The resource officer was injured during the fight and taken to the hospital for treatment. Horton said the suspect never made it inside the school, where kids were participating in summer school and the CITY program. All doors to the school were locked. On Facebook, the sheriff’s office said all children were bussed to Gadsden City High School after a brief lockdown. Parents can pick up their children at GCHS with identification. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has taken over the investigation. Grab the WVTM 13 app for the latest updates on this developing story.—

An investigation is underway in Gadsden after a man reportedly trying to enter Walnut Park Elementary School was shot and killed by police Thursday morning, 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 of the elementary school and trying to enter vehicles in the parking lot around 9:30 am Thursday. Police alerted the school resource officer, who is a Rainbow City police officer.

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 Rainbow City patrol vehicle near the school when the resource officer attempted to stop him.

A physical fight ensued and ALEA reported 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 him as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White, of Bunnlevel, North Carolina.

CORRECTION: We initially reported the school resource officer shot and killed the suspect, but authorities have not clarified which agency fired the shots.

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

Horton said the suspect never made it inside the school, where kids were participating in summer school and the CITY program. All doors to the school were locked.

On Facebook, the sheriff’s office said all children were bussed to Gadsden City High School after a brief lockdown. Parents can pick up their children at GCHS with identification.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has taken over the investigation.

Grab the WVTM 13 app for the latest updates on this developing story.

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