Man dead following officer-involved shooting outside a Gadsden elementary school

Published: Jun. 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2022 at 3:52 PM CDT
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ETOWAH, Ala. (WBRC) - A man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting outside a Gadsden Elementary School Thursday morning, according to Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton.

It happened around 10 a.m. at Walnut Park Elementary School.

According to ALEA’s State Bureau of Investigation, a person was trying to force their way into a Rainbow City Patrol Car. A Rainbow City school resource officer came outside and confronted the man. Authorities with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency say the suspect resisted and tried to take the SRO’s firearm. According to the superintendent, police were called to the scene to assist.

Horton says there was a physical altercation involving the SRO and the suspect. The SRO sustained minor injuries.

Several emergency agencies responded to the scene.

Authorities have identified the suspect as 32-year-old Robert Tyler White of North Carolina

Children were inside the building at the time for a summer education program, but officials say all children at the school are safe. The school was placed on a brief lockdown and we’re told children were bused to the local high school and parents were called to pick them up.

People are being asked to avoid the area at this time.

Police incident.
Police incident.(Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office/Facebook)

Governor Ivey issued a quote regarding this incident:

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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