Yesterday, we learned the devastating news that three nine-year-old children, and three staffers at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee were shot and killed at the hands of 28-year-old Audrey Hale.
Hale was a former student at the school, and Nashville Police Chief John Drake said that they discovered a manifesto written by Hale, that showed that it was a premeditated act.
The senseless act is heartbreaking, frustrating, and confusing all at the same time, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and victims that were involved in this horrific incident.
However, thanks to the swift action taken by the Metropolitan Nashville Police, many more lives were saved.
It was announced that police made their way way into the school, and fatally shot Hale less than 15 minutes after the murderer walked into the school.
Now, the two officers who fired the fatal shots have been identified as Rex Englebert, a four year veteran, and Michael Collazo, a nine year veteran, according to FOX News.
Nashville authorities made this announcement:
“The first call to 911 about shots being fired in the building came in at 10:13 a.m. Officers rushed to the campus, made entry and began clearing the building.
Shots were heard coming from the second level. It was on the second floor, in a common area, that a team of officers encountered Hale shooting (she had been firing through a window at arriving police cars).
Two members of an officer team fired on Hale and fatally wounded her. Those two officers are Officer Rex Englebert, a four-year MNPD veteran, and Officer Michael Collazo, a nine-year MNPD veteran.”
Much respect to these two heroes.
Instead of shying away from the gunfire and “waiting for more backup,” they trusted their training and ran straight into the face danger. There is no telling how many lives were saved due to Englebert and Collazo’s swift action.