Sunday, February 28, 2021

Video Shows Oregon Football Coach Disarming Parkrose High School Gunman [WATCH]

Keanon Lowe
Keanon Lowe, image via Twitter

*A football coach from Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon is being hailed a hero after surveillance footage shows the moment he disarmed a potential school shooter.

As noted by PEOPLE, in the video, which was first obtained by KOIN 6 News, Keanon Lowe, head football and track and field coach, is seen emerging from behind a wall while holding the student’s gun out of reach.

After handing the gun off to another teacher, Lowe then embraces 18-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz, who appears to be crying as the two hug it out. 

No one was hurt in the incident, and school officials said Granados-Diaz only pointed the gun at himself, USA Today reported.

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According to KOIN 6, the incident occurred in May and Lowe, a former San Francisco 49ers offensive analyst, previously recounted that harrowing day during a press conference earlier this year.

“The door opens — I’m within arm’s length of the door, about three feet away from the door, and there’s a kid with a gun, a shotgun,” Lowe said, according to the outlet. “In a fraction of a second, I analyzed everything really fast. I saw the look in his face, look in his eyes, looked at the gun, realized it was a real gun and then my instincts just took over.”

“I lunged for the gun, put two hands on the gun. He had his two hands on the gun and obviously the kids are running out of the classroom and screaming,” Lowe continued. “I felt compassion for him; a lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”

Granados-Diaz pleaded guilty to gun charges earlier this month, and was given a 36-month probation sentence, KOIN 6 reported.

In May, Lowe opened up on Twitter a day after disarming the troubled student. 

“When I signed up to be a Security Guard, Football and Track & Field Coach for Parkrose High School, I did so to guide and coach young people whose shoes I had once been in,” Lowe wrote. “I had no idea, that I would one day have to put my life on the line like I did yesterday for my students.”

“When confronted with the test the universe presented me with, I didn’t see any other choice but to act. Thank God, I passed. I’ve spent the last 24 hours being more appreciative of my family and realizing we have a serious problem,” he added.

Lowe concluded: “I’m blessed to be alive and extremely happy that the students are safe. I’m not sure what’s next, I haven’t had the time to really think about it. But I am sure I want to be a part of the solution to school gun violence. Thank you @PortlandPolice for your help #ParkroseHighSchool.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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