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Gil Collar

Gil Collar

Reported by The Blaze

The family and friends of 18-year-old University of South Alabama student Gil Collar– who was fatally shot by police Saturday– are looking for answers.

According to reports, Collar was shot around 1:30 a.m. after he started banging on the window of police headquarters, completely naked.  Describing him as “muscular,” a campus representative added that Collar wrestled at Wetumpka High School before enrolling in the university, and that he assumed a “fighting stance” before he started chasing the officer. The officer tried to retreat numerous times to defuse the situation before opening fire, the school said.

Collar was shot first in the chest, but apparently was able to get back up and challenge the officer one more time before collapsing, police say.

But sophomore Tyler Kendrick said campus authorities still haven’t provided any satisfying answers about why Collar was killed.

“Really, it just upsets me that there’s no other way to apprehend an unarmed student rather than shooting him. I don’t understand that,” Kendrick said.

Student Joshua Frye said it seemed the officer could have used something other than a firearm– perhaps first trying a Tazer or pepper spray– to stop Collar.

“What I feel is that a cop has more than a gun,” he noted.

Campus officials said the confrontation was recorded by security cameras, and the video and other information has been turned over to the district attorney and the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.



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