Sheriff: Maryland School Shooter Actually Killed Himself, Not Resource Officer

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The student who fatally shot a female classmate last week at a Maryland high school died from a self-inflicted gunshot in a confrontation with a school resource officer who also fired his gun, police said Monday. The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 17-year-old Austin Rollins fired a fatal shot to his head as he encountered sheriff’s deputy Blaine Gaskill last Tuesday at Great Mills High School, reports the AP. Gaskill’s shot struck Rollins’ gun. Jaelynn Willey, 16, died two days later. According to the sheriff’s office, Rollins entered the school about five minutes before he shot Willey in the head with his father’s gun. The same bullet traveled into the leg of Desmond Barnes, 14, who had sought shelter in a classroom. Rollins then turned a corner and passed several classrooms before confronting Gaskill; both fired their weapons about 30 seconds later.

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