Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Police shoot and kill naked student inside University [PICTURED
A campus police officer fatally shot the naked student after he was acting erratically and in a threatening manner at the University of South Alabama.
The shooting occurred after officers heard knocking at a window at the campus police station after 1 am. An officer went to investigate and found Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old freshman from Wetumpka, Alabama naked and acting erratically, according to information posted on the school website. The message described Collar as muscular.
"The man ran several times and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting position," the message said. The officer drew his gun, ordered Collar to stop and moved back several times, but Collar continued to threaten him.
At one point, Collar stopped, but then lunged at the officer again. When the freshman did not respond to orders to stop, the officer shot him in the chest. The student continued to struggle for a while, then collapsed and died.
The officer, who was not identified, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The university publicized the information as a crime alert on their home page. The district attorney's office and the county sheriff's department are investigating.