A naked University of South Alabama student was shot dead by a campus police officer after the young man allegedly charged at him in a threatening manner.
ABC reports that 18-year-old freshman Gil Collar of Wetumpka, Alabama was killed shortly after 1:23 a.m. on Saturday. At that time, a campus police officer responding to banging on the window of the police station came out and saw Collar, who was not wearing any clothes.
A statement from the university said:
When an officer exited the station to investigate, he was confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically. The man repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance. The officer with weapon drawn ordered the individual to halt. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation. The individual continued to press toward the officer in a threatening manner...
When the individual continued to rush toward the officer in a threatening manner and ignored the officer's repeated commands to stop, the officer fired one shot with his police firearm, which struck the chest of the assailant. The individual fell to the ground, but he got up once more and continued to challenge the officer further before collapsing and expiring.
Local prosecutors are investigating the shooting; the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Montgomery Advertiserreports that Collar was a popular wrestler at Wetumpka High School.
"He was very well-liked," principal Cindy Veazey said. "He had a very charismatic smile."
Wrestling coach Jeff Glass told the Advertiser that Collar was a "remarkable young man."
"As phenomenal of an athlete as he was, he was an even better person. There's no possible way to do justice to what kind of man he was."
"He was a kind soul," Glass added. "He was never aggressive to anyone off the mat."