Officer who confronted school shooter throws out first pitch

St. Mary's County Sheriff's deputy first class Blaine Gaskill throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the home opener baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Washington. Gaskill was the school resource officer at Great Mills High School in Maryland during an active shooter situation in March. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON - The school resource officer who confronted an armed student in a Maryland school shooting last month threw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' home opener.

The Baltimore Sun reports that St. Mary's County Sheriff's Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill took the mound at Nationals Park on Thursday night, clad in a team jersey and a Great Mills High School baseball cap.

Gaskill was the school resource officer at the high school on March 20, when 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins shot 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey once in the head. Willey later died. Another student was struck in the leg.

Officials say Rollins continued through the school, encountering Gaskill, who shot the boy in the hand at the same time Rollins shot himself in the head.


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