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They’re being praised for their bravery on social media. Heroes.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said Rex Engelbert and Michael Collazo were the cops who put a stop to the deadly killing at Covenant School on Monday morning. They did it with haste, dialogue, and a desire to defend.
Collazo has been on the squad for nine years, while Engelbert has been with the agency for four years. Collazo has trained as an EMT with the SWAT squad, according to Chief John Drake during a press briefing Tuesday afternoon.
They are now being honored not only in the Nashville community of Green Hills, where the deadly killing happened but across the country.
Compliments from Texas
Their national acclaim comes at a time when Americans are frequently at variance with law enforcement, often as a result of previous systematic surveillance. Praise flooded in after MNPD revealed the identities of Engelbert and Collazo.
Within three hours of posting on Tuesday, the message had garnered over 9,000 shares, nearly 40,000 likes, and approximately 4,000 responses.
The Fort Worth Police Officers’ Association praised Engelbert and Collazo’s efforts.
The organization stated, “We are proud of these heroic officers for their bravery and courage in the face of evil.”
The shooting’s body camera video shows Engelbert, equipped with a gun, leading the line of police evacuating the school.
When Nashville police received word that an active gunman was wandering the hallways of Covenant School, scores of cops rushed to the scene.
Audrey Hale, 28, had already wounded pupils Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, as well as Katherine Koonce, the school’s principal, janitor Mike Hill, and replacement teacher Cynthia Peak, with a firearm.
At 10:13 a.m., police received the first 911 contact.
By 10:24 a.m. Hale had died.
At least three bullets were discharged at Hale by Engelbert.
Collazo, who was close behind Engelbert, shot four bullets at Hale.
The majority of individuals had only one word to say about the cops.
Their notes referred to them as “heroes.”
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