Police fatally shoot 'potential intruder' at Alabama school

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Jun 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-10 11:58:29-04

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a man who tried to enter an Alabama elementary school where a summer program was being held was shot to death by police.

Gadsden's school superintendent says a man went to several doors trying to enter Walnut Park Elementary School on Thursday while a summer literacy program for 34 children was being held there.

The sheriff says a police officer working as a school resource officer encountered the person, got involved in an altercation and called for backup.

State police said a person was shot to death after trying to break into a police car near the school. They say the person was trying to take the school resource officer's gun.

It's unclear why he was trying to gain access to the school.

One officer suffered minor injuries.

All the children are safe.

Coroner London Pearce identified the man who died as Robert Tyler White, 32, according to The Gadsden Times. He said the man lived in the Gadsden area, but a news release Thursday afternoon from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency listed him as being from Bunnlevel, North Carolina.