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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Another useless doper disposed of!
That does sound like a possibility. (I'm glad someone else said it first.) The article says he was "acting erratically"; he "repeatedly charged" and "rushed in a threatening manner..." That sounds like he never made physical contact.
Maybe he intended to do harm. Or maybe not. Were there no other witnesses?
“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.”
Bizarre. If that’s the way it really went down, and I had to guess, I’d say meth or “bath salts” may have been a factor. PCP can sometimes cause that sort of behavior too, but I don’t know if Dust is all that popular these days.
Sad story, either way.
Shooting him made it the final charge
Well, the lid did have a gun. ;-)
Other than that, I agree with you.
Call for backup...??
Flashlight upside the head....
There are many may many many....
....non-lethal options for a campus cop dealing with a drunk kid...
Idiot reporter alert. Starts out at the University of Alabama, ends up at USA, and no connection in the story between the two schools. It’s clear that no editor saw the story, but you’d think the reporter would read back over it.
” I felt my life was threatened.”
I’m fine with this, but only if EVERYONE can use this line while carrying a gun. Crime would very, very quickly drop to almost nothing.
I’m not fine with police doing this when they’re trained in nonlethal means of subduing individuals who are acting in a strange or threatening manner. There are any number of reasons why a decent, law-abiding person could become disoriented and/or aggressive, from a bad reaction to prescribed medication to mental illness to a brain tumor. Such individuals should not be shot to death, particularly when not in possession of a weapon of ant kind. Trigger happy paranoids should not be in law enforcement.
I look back upon all the uproar over Rodney King and other highly publicized police beatings in amazement. Now, they’d all just be shot to death. Officer felt his life was in danger.
“Im fine with this, but only if EVERYONE can use this line while carrying a gun. Crime would very, very quickly drop to almost nothing.”
Crime would drop, so would everything else.
Watched TJ Hooker did ya?
“At the University of Alabama the tusks are looser’’<. “I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don’t know. Later on we shot for bigger game. I shot two bucks. It was the biggest game I shot all day’’.
"Well, when I see a naked man chasing a woman down an ally with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That's my policy." Harry Callahan.
"Intent? How did how did you determine that?" Mayor.
Well, when I see a naked man with a meatcleaver chasing a woman down an ally, with a h**d-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross." Harry Callahan.
I agree. Female officers escalate to lethal response more readily than males.
I'm not looking for hysterical second-guessing here, it just seems that a non-lethal shooting might have been plausible.
I guess the cops didn’t have any dogs to shoot on a college campus.
Once again some trigger-happy donut-muncher acts like the coward that most of these ‘roided out thugs are.
I hope this kid’s parents sue everyone in sight and clean up big time.
A true conservative always has contempt for governmental authority.
I guess you’re another “conservative” that’s actually an authoritarian statist at heart.
I have no respect for steroid-pumping, shaved head JBT’s who shoot family dogs and old ladies, raid wrong houses and terrorize innocent citizens at gunpoint with no apologies or explanations, and just come onto people’s private property with no warrant.
To Hades with ‘em all....and their boot-lickers, too.