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Ala. Campus Cop Shoots, Kills Student In 'Fighting Stance'

October 08, 2012  | 

A muscular, naked 18-year-old student was shot by a University of South Alabama Police officer early Saturday morning after the student "repeatedly rushed toward the officer and challenged the officer in a fighting stance," according to a statement from the agency.

The student has been identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar. The officer has not been identified and has been placed on administrative leave, reports AL.com.

At 1:23 a.m. Saturday, University of South Alabama Police responded to a loud banging noise on the west side window of the police station. When an officer exited the station to investigate, he was confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically, according to the agency.

The man, later identified as Collar, repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged an officer in a fighting stance. The officer drew his weapon and ordered Collar to stop. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation, but Collar continued to press toward the officer in a threatening manner.

Collar continued to rush toward the officer in a threatening manner and ignored the officer's repeated commands to stop. The officer then fired one shot, striking Collar in the chest. Collar fell to the ground, but got up once more and continued to challenge the officer before he collapsed and died.

Tags: Campus Safety, Deadly Force


Comments (9)

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michael @ 10/8/2012 5:05 PM

Well it sounds like he was under the influence................he left the officer with no other choice. I'm sure the family will sue because their son was a good boy, he didn't do drugs.....he just wanted the college experience. The schools need to have 0% tolerance on drugs/alcohol. If you get caught, you are out of school permanently.

E @ 10/8/2012 5:53 PM

I agree with michael. Also...Collar was a talented wrestler. He would've probably killed the officer if the officer allowed him to tackle him. Wrestlers are not ones to mess with in a street fight. Of course I was not there, but it sounds like the officer was very reasonable and used proper procedure. It's sad for both the officer and the family of the suspect, but I am happy the officer was not harmed.

RICHARD @ 10/8/2012 6:19 PM

MOST OF THE NAKED VIOLENT OFFENDERS I HAVE FACED WERE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PCP. IT MAKES THE USER OVERHEAT CAUSING HIM TO REMOVE THEIR CLOTHES. THEY ALSO SWEAT PROFUSELY MAKING IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL THEM WITHOUT A SWARM MANEUVER. IF THIS OFFICER HAD NO ACCESS TO LOT'S OF HELP OR A TASER THEN HE DID THE ONLY THING HE COULD. WE ARE NOT TRAINED TO WOUND.

Greg @ 10/9/2012 3:52 AM

Well, at least they didn't show a photo of the naked attacker as an 11 year old altar boy....the St. Trayvon style of reporting.

Alicia @ 10/9/2012 8:02 AM

Could be Collar was under the influence of PCP... or that this is another case of Excited Delirium. Both present similar behavior and take a lot of man power to overcome. Either way, I am glad this officer is still with us today.

BamaTrooper @ 10/9/2012 12:04 PM

No Tasers on those USA PD belts, so that option was not available although the protesters aren't realizing that.

Gainercop @ 10/12/2012 1:31 PM

And wasnt it a Texas Officer who within the last week went hands-on on a 17 year old for vandalizing the officer's car. The 17 year old KILLED the officer with his bare hands. Agree with BamaTrooper, no less-lethal options leaves only deadly force option.

Jim A @ 10/14/2012 2:29 PM

Very justified, but the officer will be crucified in the court of public opinion. The public will not want to listen to the "evidence", which will no doubt include an overdoes of PCP or similar. The public will say that "poor little boy" was not doing anything wrong and the officer was not in danger. This is clearly a case of a justified shooting with an outcome that even the officer is not happy about. Officer, you did a good job. I wish you luck in the furture.

S.Ss @ 10/16/2012 11:10 AM

Gainercop. Yes it was an officer here with us with the El Paso Police Dept. He confronted a 17 yr. old who keyed his car. The 17 year old sucker punched the officer when the officer fell he struck his head on the curb at which time witnesses said he was out cold. The 17 year old didn't stop there he got on top of the officer and continued to strike the officer while the officer was unconcious. Causing even more damage. A week and a half later the officer was removed from life support. This is what could happen to any of us on the job. Stay safe out there and watch your backs.

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