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Football coach fights budding marksmen at Oregon High School: reports



A high school football coach and former college football star at the University of Oregon attacked a potential shooter at Parkrose High School in Portland on Friday – and no shots were fired.

A firearm was recovered on The scene and alleged attacker were taken into police custody, according to The Associated Press.

COLORADO STUDENT, 18, KILLED AS YOU TRY TO STOPS SHOOTER, CLASSMATE SAYS A man who is said to be armed was wrestled to the ground Friday by a staff member. The Portland Police Bureau said in a statement on Friday that no shots were fired and a suspect is in custody. (Dave Killen / The Oregonian via AP) “/>

Police are stationed in front of Parkrose High School during a lockdown after a man arrested on Friday was knocked down by a colleague. The Portland Police Bureau said in a statement on Friday that no shots were fired and a suspect is in custody. (Dave Killen / The Oregonian on AP)

The school was evacuated and a nearby middle school was closed for several hours as the police "flooded" the scene, Sgt. Brad Yakots said during a press conference on Friday.

The result was "the absolute best scenario," Yakots said. "The employee did a great job in every way, and (and) our officers came in minutes and went right in."

  Students gather in front of Parkrose High School during a break on Friday. (Dave Killen / The Oregonian via AP)

Students gather in front of Parkrose High School on Friday. (Dave Killen / The Oregonian on AP)

The suspect is said to have appeared in the door of a government class in a black trench coat and waved a weapon. The students were able to escape through the back door of the classroom and Coach Keanon Lowe was able to attack the man before the local police arrived.

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"I'm just glad everyone was fine," Lowe told The Oregonian / OregonLive. "I am glad that I could be there for the children and the community."

Lowe is a high school coach for about a year, according to his LinkedIn page. Previously, he worked for his high school alma mater, Jesuit High, where he was a star athlete.


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