Surveillance Video Captures Stunning Moment Coach Disarms Student With Shotgun, Embraces Him Before Police Arrive
Stunning footage has emerged online showing the moment a high school coach at Parkrose High School in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun and then held him in his arms.
In the surveillance video, football and track and field coach Keanon Lowe can be seen emerging from a classroom holding a shotgun and backing away from student Angel Granados-Diaz before another teacher comes up and takes the weapon away.
Then, in an extraordinary moment, Lowe embraces Granados-Diaz and the two hug for at least a minute.
At one point, it appears that Granados-Diaz tries to break free, but Lowe continues to hold on to him.
Police eventually arrive and take Granados-Diaz into custody.
Lowe was hailed a hero following the incident at the Portland high school.
“This was a best-case scenario,” Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots said at the time. “The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job.”
Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks football player, told the station that when the student entered the classroom with the weapon, he was close enough that he lunged for the gun and grabbed it with both hands.
“Then it was just me and that student. It was a real emotional time. It was emotional for him, it was emotional for me,” he said back in May, according to KATU. “In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”
Watch the stunning incident below: