A University of South Alabama police officer has shot and killed a student in Mobile, AL.
University of South Alabama (USA) says an officer stepped outside the police station around 1:23 a.m. Saturday to investigate a loud banging noise on the west side window. What he found was a male student who was nude and acting erratically, according to the university.
In a statement from USA officials, the student repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer while displaying a fighting stance. The officer drew his gun and ordered the student to stop, but the student continued his actions.
The student kept approaching the officer in a threatening manner, according to USA. The student kneeled in front of the officer for a moment. When he rose to his feet, the student rushed the officer who was retreating and ordering the student to stop.
USA says the student ignored the officer and the officer fired one shot. The bullet struck the student in the chest and he fell to the ground. He did get up once more and continued to threaten the officer before collapsing and dying from his wounds.
The student is identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old freshman from Wetumpka, AL.
The Mobile County District Attorney's Office and the Mobile County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.
The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal and external reviews. Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.
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