Freeman High School Shooting
Three students were seriously injured and one was killed in a shooting that happened at Freeman High School this morning. The shooter is in custody at this time and there is no further danger to the community. The Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office would like express our most sincere condolences to the families involved in this tragic event and to thank the entire Freeman community for their patience today during this incident. We continue to ask for their patience as the investigation proceeds.
Today, September 13, 2017, just after 10:00am, the Spokane County Sheriffâ€™s Office received multiple reports of shots fired at Freeman High School, 14626 S. Jackson Rd., in Rockford WA. Multiple agencies responded to the scene. There was already a deputy, the School Resource Officer, at the nearby Freeman Middle School on an unrelated incident.
Initial reports indicate another student, the deceased, contacted the suspect and was subsequently shot and killed. The suspect was able to shoot three other students before a custodian at the school approached him and order him to surrender. Shortly after that, the deputy, who was at the middle school, arrived and took the shooter into custody.
Arriving units formed entry teams and immediately started clearing the school which was a very lengthy process. The high school students were moved to the football field and later released to their parents. As a precaution, the middle and elementary schools went into instantÂ lock down.
This incident required a tremendous response from our partners from all corners of Spokane County. Washington State Patrol, Spokane Police Department, City of Spokane Fire Department, Valley Fire, Spokane County Fire District 8, ATF, FBI and Border Patrol are just a few of the agencies that responded to assist and we greatly appreciate their help.
To the community of Freeman; our hearts are with you during this tragedy. Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and kind words today while dealing with this horrific incident.
The Spokane County Medical Examinerâ€™s Office will release the name of the deceased at a later time when/if appropriate to do so.
Anyone who has not already been contacted by law enforcement and has cell phone video/pictures or other information related to the incident is urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
Deputy Mark Gregory
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
Spokane Valley Police Department
Public Information Officer