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Emergency call to police details how school bookkeeper helped shooting suspect surrender

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:59

Aug. 22 - A bookkeeper at a Georgia elementary school helps talk a shooting suspect into surrendering to police, according to newly released 911 tapes. Nathan Frandino reports.

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STORY: 911 tapes from Tuesday's school shooting in Decatur, Georgia, have revealed the hero behind the suspect's surrender. Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper at McNair Discovery Learning Academy, was in the front office when officials say Michael Brandon Hill opened fire with an AK-47. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTOINETTE TUFF, BOOKKEEPER AT MCNAIR DISCOVERY LEARNING ACADEMY, WITH 911 OPERATOR, SAYING: OPERATOR: "Okay, stay on the line with me, ma'am. Where are you?" ANTOINETTE TUFF: "I'm in the front office. (SHOT FIRED)" ANTOINETTE TUFF: "Oh he just went outside and start shooting. (SHOT FIRED)" ANTOINETTE TUFF: "Ooh, can I run?" (SHOT FIRED) OPERATOR: "Can you get somewhere safe?" ANTOINETTE TUFF: "Yeah, I gotta go." Tuff stayed on the call, becoming the impromptu negotiator. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTOINETTE TUFF, BOOKKEEPER AT MCNAIR DISCOVERY LEARNING ACADEMY, WITH 911 OPERATOR, SAYING: ANTOINETTE TUFF: "He said send in one of your radios with an unarmed officer." OPERATOR: "Okay." ANTOINETTE TUFF: "She said okay, she's getting ready to tell them. Or somewhere that he can talk to the police. He said but if they come armed, he's going to start shooting again-only one officer." Tuff told the 911 operator that Hill admitted to not taking his medication and that he should have gone to the hospital. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTOINETTE TUFF, BOOKKEEPER AT MCNAIR DISCOVERY LEARNING ACADEMY, WITH 911 OPERATOR, SAYING: "Okay, let me ask you this ma'am. He didn't hit anybody. He just shot outside the door. If I walk out there with him, if I walk out there with him they won't shoot him or anything like that. He wants to give himself up. Is that okay, and they won't shoot him? OPERATOR: Yes, ma'am. ANTOINETTE TUFF: "He said he just wants to go to the hospital." Tuff talked with Hill as he dropped his weapons and laid down on the floor with his hands behind his back. She then told the operator that the police could enter-without their guns. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTOINETTE TUFF, BOOKKEEPER AT MCNAIR DISCOVERY LEARNING ACADEMY, WITH 911 OPERATOR, SAYING: "It's going to be all right, sweetie. I just want you to know that I love you and I'm proud of you. That's a good thing that you just giving up and don't worry about it. We all go through something in life." The school's 800 students escaped unharmed, and no one else was injured. Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, making terroristic threats, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Emergency call to police details how school bookkeeper helped shooting suspect surrender

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 01:59