Police officers shot and killed a naked 18-year-old freshman outside of the University of South Alabama police station early Saturday morning. According to the police report, an officer heard a loud noise outside the station. When he went to investigate, he was, according to the school, "confronted by a muscular, nude man who was acting erratically."
Police say the man, identified as Gilbert Thomas Collar, repeatedly rushed and threatened the officer.
"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 sidearm, which struck the chest of the assailant," the school statement said. "The individual fell to the ground, but he got up once more and continued to challenge the officer further before collapsing and expiring."
Collar's mother, who is, of course, devastated, said her son was just 5'7" and weighed only a 135 pounds.
"He was wearing no clothes and he was obviously not in his right mind," Bonnie Collar said. "Obviously he was not armed. He was completely naked."
The Mobile district attorney's office is conducting an external investigation, and the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.
A spokesperson for the university called the shooting a "campus tragedy."
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