Anderson County law enforcement and school officials are praising a volunteer firefighter who they say stopped an active shooter at an Upstate elementary school on Wednesday despite being unarmed.
Deputies say Jamie Brock was one of the first to arrive at Townville Elementary School, just moments after 911 operators learned that a teen had shot two students and a teacher, injuring all three. Anderson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Keith Smith said Brock arrived on the scene before deputies and confronted the suspect outside the school.
“He engaged the suspect and, at that point, took him down,” Smith told reporters. “Law enforcement was quickly behind him.” Law enforcement would not give the specifics of how a firefighter with no weapon was able to stop an armed teen, but some witnesses had said the suspect’s gun jammed.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said Brock is “a big fellow” who was able to knock the suspect to the ground. [Read more…]