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Shooting at University of South Alabama

Joshua Thurston

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Posted by: JoshThurston
Date: Oct 06 2012 5:12 PM

Campus Shooting Update: Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

Campus Shooting Update
Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

At 1:23 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, University of South Alabama Police
responded to a loud banging noise on the west side window of the police
station.  When an officer exited the station to investigate, he was
confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically. The man
repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting

The officer with weapon drawn ordered the individual to halt.  The
officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation.
The individual continued to press toward the officer in a threatening
manner.  The assailant kneeled for a moment, and then he rose again,
rushing and chasing the officer, who continued to retreat away from the
building.  When the individual continued to rush toward the officer in a
threatening manner and ignored the officer's repeated commands to
stop, the officer fired one shot with his police sidearm, which struck
the chest of the assailant.  The individual fell to the ground, but he
got up once more and continued to challenge the officer further before
collapsing and expiring.

The deceased has been identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar, an
18-year-old freshman from Wetumpka, Ala.

Immediately after the incident, the USA Police Department contacted the
District Attorney's Office to request an external investigation.
Mobile County Sheriff's Department will assist.   The officer has been
placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and
external reviews.

The University extends its condolences to Mr. Collar's family.

Keith Ayers
Director of Public Relations
University of South Alabama

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