TOWNVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Deputies say the shooter at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County, South Carolina, was stopped by a volunteer firefighter before officers arrived.
Jamie Brock, a 30-year veteran volunteer firefighter, tackled and held the suspect until law enforcement arrived to arrest him, according to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
Brock is a firefighter for the Townville Volunteer Fire Department.
Two students and a teacher were injured in the shooting. The shooter’s father, 47-year-old Jeffrey Osborne, was shot and killed at his home on Osborne Road before the shooting at the school.
Townville Fire Department released this statement:
Today, we united as one team, one family. To all responding agencies, and the staff at Townville Elementary. Words cannot adequately covey how thankful we are for each and everyone of you. So many heroic efforts were displayed. To the initial teachers and nurse Angie, to Firefighter Brock for your selflessness in detaining the shooter, to the first in team in of responders from Townville VFD, Fork Rescue Squad, Oconee Fire, and Oconee EMS. Thank you. To all other responding fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement agencies….. Thank you. To the medical transport helicopters….. Thank you. To the churches, county, and community members: Your support has also been overwhelming. Pray for your community first responders, the Hall family, as well as the Osborne family.”
Fire Chief Billy McAdams says the trues heroes are the teachers and principals who put their lives on the line. He says he and Brock went to the school, where they saw the black pickup truck the shooter was driving.
Chief McAdams says teachers and staff were calling for help for the hurt kids and teacher. They split up. Chief McAdams went inside to the room where the injured were. He says Brock was searching and found the suspect.
Brock confronted and subdued the teen until others could get there, according to the chief.
The chief asked for continued prayer for the first responders and little Jacob, who is still fighting for his life.