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Source: Shooting Suspects Tried to Burn Home First

Sources say a guard may have accidentally fired on a deputy amid the chaos
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2019 7:14 AM CDT
Devon Erickson, an accused STEM School shooter, appears at the Douglas County Courthouse in Castle Rock, Colo., Wednesday, May 8, 2019.   (Joe Amon/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)
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(Newser) – A former Marine working as a private security guard may have fired on a sheriff's deputy amid the chaos of the Colorado school shooting this week, the Denver Post reports, citing a law enforcement source. The source says investigators are trying to determine whether one of the eight students wounded in the attack at Highlands Ranch STEM School was hit by the guard's bullet. Robert Burk, an attorney for the guard, says he can't talk about specifics—but he doesn't believe the guard injured anybody, and he wants to stress that the guard is a hero who "ran there as quick as he could and took what I think is decisive action that helped save lives." More:

  • From his employer. The guard's employer, CEO of BOSS High Level Protection Grant Whitus, says the man restrained one of two alleged shooters in a hallway. "He doesn't even realize how many lives he saved by stopping a school shooting," says Whitus, a former SWAT team leader who responded to the 1999 Columbine massacre. Whitus tells ABC that the guard was interviewed for about an hour after the Tuesday shooting and hasn't been questioned since.

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