OLATHE, Ks. (KCTV) – The officer who fatally shot the suspect in the March shooting at Olathe East High School has been justified for his actions and will not face charges, county prosecutors said. Johnson issued the ruling on Friday.
The school resources officer, who was shot four times at close range by the gunman, returned fire and fired twice at the suspect in a quick and tense confrontation in the vice principal’s office on April 4. March.
Police said a student informed school staff that a student, Jaylon Elmore, had brought a gun to school. Two vice principals came to Elmore’s classroom and dragged him outside, asking him to bring his backpack. While the three sat down at the vice principal’s office, administrators asked to search Elmore’s backpack, according to investigators.
The student refused to allow his backpack to be searched. SRO entered the office and stood at the door. A vice principal again asked Elmore for his backpack, at which point Elmore stood up, drew his gun, and fired shots at people in the room, according to the Olathe Police Department and findings from the Steve Prosecutor’s Office. Howe of Johnson County.
According to the results of the prosecutor’s investigation, the vice principal pinned the student to the ground, while the SRO returned fire and shot Elmore four times, hitting him with those two shots.
After a quick exchange, the SRO stashed its weapons and tended to its own wounds, while instructing staff on how to treat Elmore’s wounds.
A total of three people were shot:
– SRO, in chest, legs and shoulders.
– Vice Principal, in the thigh and forearm.
– Student, believed to be Jaylon Elmore, on abdomen and left thigh.
Everyone involved survived.
An investigation found that Elmore allegedly used a 9mm Polymer80 handgun. SRO used a 9mm Glock pistol issued by the Ministry.
The prosecutor found that the shooting was justified on the part of the SRO, in relation to Kansas law. Howe’s conclusion was:
‘The Olathe School Resources Officer believed he was going to die when Jaylon Elmore pulled out a shotgun and began shooting at him. He watched the muzzle flicker and felt the bullets hit his body. This was a sudden outbreak of deadly violence without provocation. Objectively, the facts support this belief. The deputy principal told investigators that Mr. Elmore pulled out his gun and fired it before the SRO could react. SRO was shot four times resulting in three gunshot wounds. This was clearly a situation of deadly force. Subject to all applicable legal statutes and the circumstances cited above, it was reasonable for the officer to use deadly force against Jaylon Elmore. Due to Mr Elmore’s pending criminal case and my ethical obligations under Rule 3.6 and 3.8 of the Supreme Court, I will not be conducting a press conference or making any further comments at this time. this. ‘
Elmore remained in the hospital for several weeks, recovering from a gunshot wound. He was then transferred to the Johnson County Detention Center, where he remains on a $1 million deposit. He was charged with attempted murder, and pleaded not guilty. His next court date is a scheduling meeting set for August 17 at 11 a.m. in Johnson County’s 17th District.
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