Police commend principal’s actions during attempted school shooting

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RICHMOND, Ind. (WDTN) – Tuesday, Indiana State Police held a press conference to share new information about what happened during an attempted school shooting at Dennis Intermediate.

Police gave more detail on the kind of weapons the 14-year-old had with him when he entered the school on December 13. They say he walked in carrying both a rifle and a .45-caliber pistol along with water bottles full of gasoline and a handwritten plan of action.

They say the suspect was able to enter the school by firing shots into a glass door and eventually engaged in a shootout with police from a stairwell inside the school.

Police were able to find the teen with the help of security cameras being monitored by the school’s principal.

It was this action, that police say helped save lives.

“I say it with no trepidation in my voice, that without the action that Nicole took, we could have had a dead police officer,” said Capt. David Bursten with Indiana State Police.

Officers did confirm the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was not hit by officer fire.

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