Sheriff ‘felt he became target’ after UCC shooting

10 people died, including the shooter at Umpqua Community College

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, July 2016 (KOIN)
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, July 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s been a year since 9 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College, and the sheriff who led the shooting investigation told KOIN 6 News he never could have imagined the exposure his department received.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said October 1, 2015 started out like any other day. The sheriff said he was catching up on emails, other messages and paperwork shortly after 10:30 a.m. when reports of an active shooter at UCC came in.

“I could feel the blood rush from my head, my heart sank,” Sheriff Hanlin said. “The moment that I pulled up to the scene at Snyder Hall and saw all those people leaving the rooms with their hands in the air… students that were in the classroom, they had the blood of their classmates on their clothing. That was heartbreaking.”