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In their own words: Officers talk about arresting Ga. elementary school gunman

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Updated: 8/21/2013 11:18 am
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne talked to the officers who arrested the 19-year-old gunman who opened fire at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. Here's what they had to say:

"When I arrived on scene, I saw the male subject standing outside, shooting a couple of rounds off. At that point I waited for my partner to arrive, investigator Daniels, we then were able to make our way over to the front of the building and then eventually to the side of the building. We got word that the gentleman was in the office and that he was possibly laying down." Investigator T.L. Wortham, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit.

"We pretty much start challenging the building. As we were going to the building there was gunfire that came from an automatic rifle, assault rifle. Investigator Wortham and I still went towards that building. Once we got to the building we set up our position, possibly 30-40 feet from the actual door that the shooter was coming out of, taking rounds." Investigator S. Daniels, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit

"We made our approach of the school and determined that we needed to get in the school immediately for the safety of the kids. Upon entering the building, investigator Wortham advised that he was familiar with the layout of the school. We stacked up, myself, with the other officers with the U.S. Marshals behind the tactical shooter line and made our approach down the hallway. We got down close to the administrator office and investigator Wortham said he was going to take a quick peek inside the door and make ID of the subject that was the active shooter." Investigator J.L. Hunt, U.S. Marshal’s Service.

"When we took him into custody he said "I'm sorry, I'm off my meds," He seemed like he was tired." Investigator T.L. Wortham, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit.

"Being a parent myself of small kids, the first thing you think of, 'What if that was your child?' You want someone to respond quickly and do what their tactical training teaches them and I just thought that this is the job I signed up for, I need to go and do what my what my job requires me to get him and my team and deal with the active shooter," Investigator J.L.Hunt, U.S. Marshal’s Service.


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