The Nashville police officers who have been widely hailed as heroes after promptly ending the mass shooting at a private Christian school that left six people dead are crediting their training for their swift response.

Det. Michael Collazo and Officer Rex Engelbert of the Metro Nashville Police Department fired the fatal shots, killing 28-year-old Audrey Hale, after she opened fire at The Covenant School on March 27. The officers killed Hale, who self-identified as male, about 14 minutes after the initial 911 call was received.

Collazo and Engelbert were joined by Det. Sergeant Jeff Mathes at a press conference Tuesday in which they offered condolences to the families of victims Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; Mike Hill, 61; William Kinney, 9; Katherine Koonce, 60; Cynthia Peak, 61; and Hallie Scruggs, 9.

Engelbert, who first fired fatal shots at the shooter, said he was en route to the Metro Police Academy to complete some administrative tasks when he heard a call that prompted him to go to The Covenant School, a parochial school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. (Excerpt from The Christian Post.)


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