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Slain Nev. Teacher a Former Marine

October 22, 2013  | 

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Mike Landsberry has been identified as the teacher killed by a 12-year-old student at Sparks Middle School near Reno, Nev., reports CNN. Landsberry, 45, was a popular math teacher who had served in the Marine Corps and was a member of the Nevada Air National Guard.

It appears he was attempting to reason with the shooter when he was shot and killed. Two Facebook pages memorializing the teacher have drawn thousands of likes.

Authorities have not released the identity of the suspected shooter, a minor. But he is said to have been a 12-year-old who brought his family's semiautomatic pistol to school. He took his own life. His motives are not clear, but some students have reported that he was being bullied at school, according to NBC News.

The two 12-year-old boys who were shot sustained injuries to the stomach and shoulder, respectively. Both were hospitalized in stable condition Monday, after being upgraded from critical condition. Sparks Middle School will be closed for the rest of the week.

A high-ranking homeland security official speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference Tuesday said police responding to mass shooting attacks must "foster a more coordinated response" to such attacks.

"We must continue to enhance our information-sharing architecture," said Rand Beers, acting director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Tags: School Shootings, Active Shooters, Sparks (Nev.) PD, Department of Homeland Security


Comments (17)

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DPB @ 10/22/2013 2:47 PM

A Highranking Homeland Security Official says we must foster a more coordinated response and continue to enhance our information-sharing architecture? Talk about a waste of our federal tax dollars to pay that individuals salary!
He/She should have said' "Rest in Peace, Mike! Your bravery is testament to all the brave men and women whom protect our country!"

J.Brown @ 10/22/2013 2:55 PM

Semper fi, brother!

westcoastleo @ 10/22/2013 3:04 PM

The "suspected shooter" was a coward and a punk. These shooters who shoot unarmed people are all punk cowards and should be labeled in the news and media as such. Our society will analize him and report on his being the victim of "Bullying" a punk coward excuse. I'd like to see one of thes punk cowards come into a police or sheriff's station to take out their anger issues on armed people. I would enjoy being there to greet them.
As for the report of this punk taking the gun from his parents house, IF TRUE, they should pay by prison time for not controlling the firearm, rather than punishing the gun owners of America for "Their" stupid actions.

Respectfully yours,
westcoastleo
33.10 years active
LASD

Jeff @ 10/22/2013 3:21 PM

I agree the suspect is a coward, and "being bullied" is not an excuse. I also think we, as Law Enforcement Officers, need to take a proactive approach to reducing the amount of "bullying" that goes on in schools.

Schools, Government, etc. need to realize that the only thing that can reduce the number of people killed during an active shooter incident is to have an armed "good guy" already in the building when the shooting starts. It wont save everyone, but it is the best chance at saving lives. If an armed "good guy" is already in the building, he can intervene within 30 seconds... If they have to wait for Law Enforcement to arrive, it will take about 2-3 minutes. Schools/Government need to ante-up and pay for armed security in all schools... That seems to be the best option we have to protect our kids.

Chuck @ 10/22/2013 3:35 PM

How about if we remember the sacrifice Landsberry made to save other lives. It seems to fit it with the sacrifice he made to serve our country.
God bless and God speed Mr. Landsberry
Our prayers are with your family and the family of the child that was also lost in this incident, they are hurting too.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/22/2013 4:40 PM

May the teacher rest in peace. The family of the teacher should sue the school for not taking care of the bully problem, the punks parents should be sued for not securing the firearm properly and the bullies parents should be sued for raising a bully. When it starts to cost these institutions and people money then we the citizens will get some good results.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/22/2013 4:40 PM

May the teacher rest in peace. The family of the teacher should sue the school for not taking care of the bully problem, the punks parents should be sued for not securing the firearm properly and the bullies parents should be sued for raising a bully. When it starts to cost these institutions and people money then we the citizens will get some good results.

30 Year LEO @ 10/22/2013 5:53 PM

Sure glad our Sheriff continued to push for an SRO in every school in the County. We are doing more with less but the impact is huge especially in the Elementary Schools.

Really? @ 10/22/2013 6:20 PM

The kid was 12 years old. Yes he did an adult crime, however, kids that age don't have the reasoning skills adults have. If you have never been bullied, then keep your stupid comments to yourself.

Chuck Love @ 10/22/2013 6:31 PM

Always faithful, kept the faith in the best tradition of the Marine Corps. Thank you Semper Fidelis, and rest in peace Marine.

john w bosnich @ 10/22/2013 9:13 PM

semper fi that what marines are made of

BobbyPerry @ 10/22/2013 9:22 PM

Yeah well as our president Obama and John Kerry would have their way there will not be a way to protect OUR CHILDREN by taking away the rights of Americans to be PROTECTED BY OUR Constitutional rights We as police officers can not protect anyone from this type of situation, had their been an armed and trained individual wit a concealed carry permit (teacher) in the bld. like the Marine, that was killed, but again our administration would have it so no Americans including Veterans ( I am One) they have been tagged with being unstable due to combat. I was also bullied as probably a lot of us even those that are to macho to admit it, so we know what goes on. Unfortunately online violence in America and what my Thesis describes as subliminal horror you can sell popcorn and violence at the same time.

GP Cobb @ 10/22/2013 11:41 PM

BobbyPerry, 10-4; I too was bullied as a youth. I have shot no one. However, when trouble comes-a-knockin at my door, that may change huh?

Staniel @ 10/23/2013 12:52 AM

Landsberry, you paid the price. My prayers to your family.

School violence seems to be a no win for anyone.

Bobbyperry, I'm interested in your thesis. What school are you attending?

Logan @ 10/23/2013 5:57 AM

Homeland Security...what a joke! Just an extension of Obama using another layer of government to take away our rights. Landsberry is a true hero for putting his life on the line ot save others and all our buregenoing dictatorship government can do is use another tradgedy to try and push more government control over the populace. Take God and morals out of our country and these are the results. As a Police Chief and 28 year law enforcement veteran, I am disgusted with the IACP for even giving this clown an audience and allowing this joke of a President to have any influence in the law enforcement community.

GunnySgt @ 10/24/2013 3:36 AM

Rest in peace Marines. Semper Fidelis..

Chuck McKenzie @ 10/24/2013 5:10 PM

BobbyPerry, I, too, am interested in your educational resume. If your post is indicative of the quality of a Master's Thesis, being literate at more than a fifth-grade level must be all that is required. I'd bet your police reports are quite "different" from those the rest of us must write. Pity your poor sergeant! Oh, and by the way, rest in peace, Mr. Landsberry.

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