Resource officer recounts day of shooting at Madison HS

School resource officer speaks (VIDEO)
(FOX19 NOW/File)
(FOX19 NOW/File)

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - The retired Butler County Sheriff's Deputy who ran down a 14-year-old student who allegedly shot two students and wounded two other at Madison Junior Senior High School in Madison Township last Monday, recounted his actions Wednesday

"The first thing that I knew that wasn't right was hearing pop, pop, pop. It was very distinct Knew right away what it was," said school resource officer, Kent Hall.

According to police, James Austin Hancock pulled out a gun in the lunch room and fired shots at some of his classmates.

"As I enter the cafeteria, I see several kids laying on the ground," said Deputy Hall. "Looking to my right, I see a possible suspect, running."

Deputy Hall had an instantaneous decision to make, either tend to the kids or go after the gunman.

"About that time, administrators come in and went straight to the kids. So I said, well, here's my opportunity, I'll go after the suspect," said Hall. "He was on a dead sprint so chances of me catching up to him at my age and with all this equipment so my best option was to get the car."

When authorities and a K9 located Hancock, they said he laid on the ground and surrendered without saying a word.

"We've had a school shooting where no one died. So I'm happy at how its panned out., Our kids have come back to school," said Hall.

Madison Local Schools announced Wednesday they're partnering with "Safer-Schools-Ohio" to offer a tip-line where you can anonymously report anything suspicious or possibly endangering to students.

The line will take calls and texts 24 hours a day.

The Department of Education is also offering the tip line to every school district in Ohio.

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