Skip to comments.Naked college freshman, 18, shot dead by campus police after he 'charged at officer' (Alabama)
Posted on 10/06/2012 6:23:12 PM PDT by dennisw
In a tragic and bizarre incident a University of Alabama student who was naked has been fatally shot after charging a campus police officer early on Saturday morning.
University officials said that the confrontation occurred after the officer went outside the police station to investigate a banging noise that was coming from his office window.
Confronted with 18-year-old Gilbert Thomas Collar who was acting erratically and wearing no clothes, the officer shot the student once in the chest after he repeatedly charged.
Authorities said that the officer attempted to retreat several times in an attempt to defuse the situation but that the officer was left with no choice but to shoot when Collar made one final charge.
Collar, who had only recently enrolled at the University of South Alabama was shot at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday moening outside the USA Police Department on Stadium Drive .
'We can't comment beyond the statement,' said Ayers after he read a prepared statement during a news conference this afternoon on the campus.
'University of South Alabama Police report that an officer shot and killed an individual at approximately 1:30 a.m., Oct. 6, after the man attacked the officer just outside the police department on Stadium Drive The deceased has been identified as a USA student.'
The former high school wrestler's coach could hardly speak when interviewed by his hometown newspaper The Wetumpka Herald this morning.
'I remember the first time he walked into the wrestling room,' said Jeff Glass.
'He was such a natural. He was the only wrestler I coached who wrestled varsity for six years. That takes more heart than I can tell you. We began our tenure in Wetumpka wrestling at the same time. He was a physical, spiritual and mental warrior. And I love him like my own.'
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Should have gone for his baton first.
I’m guessing there are drugs involved.
Why weren’t more Kampus Kops called to the scene to subdue this young man whose parents had just entrusted to the University of Alabama? This is a disgrace! He was a freshman who just started there and obviously got liquored up beyond what he could handle
I’m guessing alcohol was involved it makes you want to get nekkid (sometimes)
“Acting erratically and wearing no clothes” pretty much sums up my college experience... And worse. Any university or college officer knows that his/her first job is to protect and defend the students and the institution. If you don’t know what I’m talking about (and I do know what I am talking about,) you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Pouring alcohol and drugs down your throat may not be a good idea? You thinks?
There was a time when shooting an unarmed man was regarded in a very bad light. I note the officer has the standard line down pat. Did it never occur to him, to summon other officers and subdue this man? Nope. Blam, blam. I felt my life was threatened.
Shooting an unarmed drunk kid !
These campus cops are morons .
I hope the family gets a good lawyer and nails them.
He’s auditioning for the NYPD.
Uhh, do they not have pepper spray or maybe a taser gun in Alabama?
That's the way I remember it in the 60's.
>>Should have gone for his baton first.
His? My guess is hers.
Bath salts are a hell of drug.
First, the man was 18. The University is not a baby sitter and his parents should have prepared him to be an adult by the time he became an adult. He was a man, not a child.
Second, as unpleasant as it may have been to contemplate, this 18 year old could easily have been restrained by a couple of men who were trained in security. Calling for backup, using some restraining techniques, and putting this man in jail for 30 days for his behavior should have been what happened in this case. Security guy screwed up big time.
“Shooting an unarmed drunk kid !
These campus cops are morons .
I hope the family gets a good lawyer and nails them.”
Cops everywhere are nothing like they were in the past.
The profession now seems to attract more “jack-booted thugs”.
Way back in my college days in the late 60’s campus police were unheard of. But then Bill Ayers and company decided that violent demonstrations on campus was neato/keeno and suddenly campus police started to spring up all across the nation. By the time I graduated in 71 all the big schools had campus/rent-a-thugs inplaced.
This occurred at the University of SOUTH Alabama, in Mobile, Alabama.
The University of SOUTH Alabama is not affiliated in any way with The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, AL.
It is not a part of The University of Alabama system (unlike University of Alabama at Huntsville and University of Alabama Birmingham).