Nashville Heroes Talk About Confronting, Terminating School Shooter

The heroes who terminated the gunman at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee last week are speaking out.

Officer Rex Engelbert of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department led the charge.  

Upon entry, it took him approximately 2 minutes and 15 seconds to engage the 28-year-old shooter.  

“I really had no business being where I was,” Engelbert said after he responded to the call of an “active shooter” while en route to the Police Academy for routine administrative tasks. 

“You can call it fate or God or whatever you want. I can’t count on my hands the irregularities that put me in that position when the call for service went out for an active deadly aggressor at a school,” he said. 

Engelbert was joined by Detective Sgt. Jeff Mathes.  The two men had never met before.  But along with several others, they answered the call to go inside the private Christian school to stop the shooter.  

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“I had never seen Rex in my life,” Mathes explained, as reported by WSMV. “When we got there, he had already unlocked the door. Not knowing what I was going into, I walked through that door without hesitation.”

The responding officers immediately ran toward the gunfire. 

“I looked for the nearest staircase I could find, because I could tell [the gunfire] was above my head,” said Englebert, who added, “I couldn’t get to it fast enough.”

Police Chief John Drake applauded the actions of his men.

“They did what we were trained to do,” Drake said. “They got prepared and went right in – knowing that every moment wasted could cost lives.”

“Their efforts also saved lives,” he continued. “They were able to protect these kids as well.”

“No one ever said it would be easy,” Drake said. “But they said it would be worth it. I’m totally proud of my men for what they did.”

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  • Not Today April 10, 2023, 5:30 pm

    I’m all for characterizing the entire criminal element, and particular domestic terror groups, literally no less than a private para-military wing of the left.
    The evidence, of conducting operations with impunity, reinforces that. What separates them is slight, adaptation of a ‘uniform’.
    There are clear rules of engagement for any variety of faction, from muggers, to their modern version of the SS.

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment April 8, 2023, 11:51 am

    Good job from the LEO’s! I’m sure the left is trying to figure out how to punish them……. Why don’t they go after the lgbtq community since they made the shooter? Last it wasn’t a mental health problem it is a moral health problem!

  • Ed April 7, 2023, 12:37 pm

    Where is the Manifesto???????????????? Why is that such a secret??????????? Who is protecting who?????????

  • Robert Page April 7, 2023, 8:06 am

    Killers select schools to go to because these politicians and their idiot handlers have decided that letting teachers who are trained and prepared to defend their students is not acceptable and the only reason they can come up with is that it doesn’t make schools safer. Well, that narrative “guns are no good” will cost a lot more lives. Of course these are the defund the police crowd EXCEPT if they are in danger. God bless the police and all they bring to our safety. Because when all is said and done only the criminals will have guns if these people have their way.

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