Maryland school resource officer has stared a gun in the face to save before

Deputy Blaine Gaskill, works as a school resource officer at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday, is credited with stopping the active shooter on the school campus.

(St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office)

The school resource officer dealing with an active shooter at a Maryland high school on Tuesday was recognized for its “exemplary judgment”.

Blaine Gaskill, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputy-SWAT-training who were placed at Great Mills High School since the beginning of the school year, immediately responded after the report of the shooting, the officials said.

Deputy Blaine Gaskill did everything he was trained to do during an active shooter situation on Tuesday, Sheriff Tim Cameron said.

(St. Mary County Sheriff’s Office)

“[Gaskill] pursued the shooter, that the shooter fired a round at the shooter,” Sheriff Tim Cameron said on Tuesday, adding that the deputy did everything he was supposed to do during an active shooter situation.

Gaskill contained the situation within one minute, the first shot is fired, the officials said. It is unclear whether the round hit the shooter.


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Gaskill is a “… tough guy” who “took the right kind of action.”

“I think that while it is still tragic, [Gaskill] may have saved the lives of other people,” Hogan said.

Gaskill interaction on Monday with the death gunner, the 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, it was not the first time he came face-to-face with a firearm.

This photo of the shooter, Austin, Wyatt, Rollins, 17, was posted on his Facebook in May 2014. Deputy Gaskill was credited with Tuesday’s high school shooting within a minute of Rollins’ first shot is fired.


In July 2016, Gaskill was responding to a complaint, on a Great Mills home when a man — identified as Pekka Robert Heinonen, 59 — pointed a gun at him, according to the Maryland newspaper The Company.

Heinonen was “standing on the porch, pointing a gun at me,” Gaskill wrote in a probable cause statement. “I ordered the suspect to drop the gun, at which point … his wife walked between us. The defendant refused to comply with my demands, … [until his wife] convinced him to drop the gun.”

Gaskill, Sheriff Cameron said at the time, “exemplary judgment” in the situation, in which “realistic, relevant and constant training clearly paid off.”

The deputy with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office for six years, after he previously spent four years as a correctional officer.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular