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School Resource Officer Shoots and Kills Assailant in Maryland School Shooting

St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron

A criminal assailant shot two students, critically wounding a girl at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning just before classes began. The school’s trained, armed, Resource Officer ended the Maryland school shooting by mortally wounding the 17-year-old assailant, a fellow student at the school.

The shooter, now identified as Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, was, according to reporting, an honor student at the school.

Shooter: Austin Wyatt Rollins

Alarms and panic reigned throughout social media as word of “another school shooting” spread across the Internet and cable news networks. It is unknown at this time if the attack was a premeditated assault on a single student, or if the shooter intended to go on a “spree.”

Here are the known “facts” according to the press conference given by local LEO’s.

  • Before class started, a Rollins produced a glock handgun in a hallway and shot a female student.
  • While shooting, a bullet struck an injured a nearby male student.
  • The shooter was engaged by the School Resource Officer, and the two exchanged gunfire. The officer was not hit, but the shooter was shot and later died from his wounds.
  • The assailant did not use a rifle of any kind but instead used a handgun.
  • It is unknown from where the gun was obtained.
  • The shooter is not a member of the NRA.

“This is what we train for, this is what we prepare for, and this is what we pray that we never have to do. On this day, we realized our worst nightmare,” St. Mary County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.

The school was on lockdown for a brief time, and students were evacuated from Great Mills High School to a reunification center at a nearby high school, the school system said.
Jonathan Freese, a student at Great Mills, called CNN from his cell phone during the lockdown in his math class. Police were going through classrooms to clear the school, Freese said.

“I’m still a little shaken up,” he said. Freese said the school had held drills a couple of times for this kind of situation. “I didn’t really expect for this to happen.”
 “I do always feel safe, though, because they always have police at the school,” he said.


CNN reports that Great Mills High School is in Great Mills, Maryland and it has more than 1,500 students, about 56% of them are minority students.

Maryland has some of the toughest guns laws among the 50 states. The law center to prevent gun violence ranked Maryland 4th toughest and gave the state an A- for restricting Second Amendment Rights.

Maryland’s violent crime rate, however, is 11th highest in the country, and it is ranked 32nd for gun deaths.

In a country of 330 million, there are many bad guys. In a decaying culture, sociopathic tendencies are on the rise in broken families. When a killer, of any age, illegally obtains a gun and uses it to either murder or try to commit murder, having the right people, properly trained, to stop such a killer is essential. Likewise, permitting Americans to protect themselves, as our founders intended, is even more critical today than ever.

Kudos to the officer who engaged, pursued, and took on this assailant.

Author: Richard Kelsey

Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.
He is a trial Attorney and author of a #11 best-selling book on Amazon written on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”

Rich is also the author of the new Murder-Mystery series, “The ABC’s of Murder,” book one is titled, “Adultery.”

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