Dramatic footage has emerged of the horrific 2014 shooting spree at Seattle Pacific University, which claimed the life of one and injured three. The damage would have been far worse if not for the heroic actions of SPU building monitor Jon Meis. As deluded killer Aaron Ybarra fumbled to reload his shotgun, Meis sprung into action, pepper spraying him and wrestling away his firearm. When Ybarra drew a knife, Meis again disarmed him before fellow students helped detain him until the authorities arrived.
The shooting occurred on June 5th, 2014 when Aaron Ybarra entered the grounds of the Christian university armed with a shotgun, a large hunting knife and multiple rounds of ammunition. Though Ybarra was not a student there and had no connections to the school, he had a troubled background and history of mental illness. He confronted 19-year-old freshman Paul Lee before fatally shooting him and injuring Thomas Fowler, aged 24. He then entered the college’s Otto Miller Hall where he shot Sarah Williams, 19. Jon Meis confronted and subdued him after Ybarra’s gun misfired and he attempted to reload it.
Initially the university and the victims of the shooting had tried to block the release of the security camera’s footage. Attorney’s argued releasing the footage could inspire copy cats and also violated victim’s privacy rights. Local courts issued a restraining order against releasing the video soon after the incident but an appellate later overturned the ruling. Aaron Ybarra will be tried in September for first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault. His lawyer has indicated he plans to mount an insanity defense.
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