DECATUR, GA (WKOW) – A school bookkeeper in Georgia says she talked an accused gunman into surrendering his weapons after he fired shots at police from inside an elementary school.
Police arrested 20-year-old Michael Hill for assaulting a police officer, making terror threats and being a felon with a firearm. No one was injured in the incident.
According to WSB-TV, Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at McNair Discovery Learning Academy, says Hall slipped into the building after a parent buzzed to be let into the building. Tuff says Hill wanted her to call a local media outlet to tell them he was prepared to kill police and wanted to commit suicide.
Tuff says she spoke about her own struggles and convinced Hill to put his gun and ammunition on the counter. She also says Hill asked her to tell everyone in the school he was sorry for the disturbance.
Investigators say Hill shot at police outside while he was inside the McNair Discovery Academy in the Atlanta area.
DeKalb County Police say Hill took one or two staff members captive for some time in the front office. Chief Cedric L. Alexander says officers swarmed the campus outside as Hill shot at them at least a half a dozen times with an assault rifle.
Parents of the children inside the Georgia elementary school say they couldn't help but think of Sandy Hook Elementary School where a gunman killed 26 people in December, 20 of them were children.
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