SWAT Officers Kill Campus Hostage-Taker
A 26-year-old man with a history of mental illness was killed by police after a hostage standoff in September at Dyersburg State Community College in northwest Tennessee.
Harold Kilpatrick Jr., who family members said had previously been treated for bipolar disorder, charged into a second-floor classroom at the community college armed with a gun and knife and took the teacher of a pre-algebra class and 13 students hostage.
Contracting Kilpatrick using cell phones of student hostages, SWAT officers attempted to negotiate a peaceful surrender for about nine hours before storming the classroom and fatally wounding him. Two hostages were wounded during the incident.
Two other shootings took place at college campuses in September, including:
- The shooting of a 27-year-old non-student across the street from a residence hall on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. Police said the suspects, believed to be two adult males, approached the victim while he talked to friends and fired at least five shots. The victim was in critical condition at an Atlanta-area hospital.
- The shooting of two women inside the University of Maryland Baltimore’s hospital. According to police reports, a campus police officer responded to a call of a fight in the hospital’s emergency room. While the officer attempted to restore the peace, she lost control of her nightstick. When one of the melee’s participants began beating the officer with the stick, the officer fired a single shot that went through one woman’s breast and hit another in the arm. Both of those injured were treated at the hospital and reportedly were in good condition.