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Hero Takes Down School Shooter in Dramatic Video

Prosecutors release video of 2014 Seattle Pacific University incident
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2016 2:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – A student at Seattle Pacific University is shown pepper-spraying a gunman, then taking him to the ground during an on-campus attack in video released by authorities. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office released the footage Tuesday to satisfy a public records request. In the video, a man identified by authorities as Aaron Ybarra, then 27, is seen entering a campus building holding a shotgun. He shoots and injures one student before student Jon Meis runs into the lobby, drags him to the ground, and takes the shotgun, the AP reports. Police say Ybarra killed one male student on June 5, 2014, outside the building. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges and his trial is scheduled for September.

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The video shows the gunman entering a lobby that appeared to be occupied by one student who initially didn't see him. A gun is pointed toward the student as a female student descends a staircase, also not immediately seeing the gunman. The gunman fires at her and the other student runs away. The wounded student slowly walks away as the gunman appears to be reloading. Meis arrives, squirts the gunman in the face with pepper spray, and lunges at him, taking him down in a neck hold, then removing the gun. The shooter rolls around before Meis returns, grabbing him again in a headlock before another man joins the fight. At the time of the shooting, Seattle police praised Meis, a student monitor in the building, saying he "heroically intervened." (A lot of grateful people chipped in for Meis' wedding presents and honeymoon.)

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