Teacher at St. Mary's Catholic School was shot during Temple standoff

Posted at 10:07 AM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-22 11:59:15-04

Temple Police have arrested the suspect that was involved in a 7-hour standoff. The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Randle Jackson.

Around 9 a.m. on Thursday, police received a call about a man with a knife located in the 100 block of W. Avenue D in Temple.

Police said when they arrived on the scene, the officers pursued the suspect with a knife and gunshots were exchanged. A female bystander was shot in the leg during the gunfire and was transported to Baylor Scott and White.

The suspect then barricaded himself in a residence in the 800 block of S. 7th St.

Officers created a perimeter around the residence and asked for assistance from SWAT and the Crisis Negotiators Unit. The Crisis Negotiators Unity made contact with the suspect and asked him to surrender several times. 

SWAT deployed less lethal chemical agents into the home as an effort to get the suspect to surrender after over six hours of negotiations. 

The suspect surrendered after several hours and was transported to Baylor Scott and White for observation. The suspect was in custody as of 4 p.m. 

Police added that the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident, and it is unknown at this time if the victim was struck by rounds from officers or the suspect.

Police said all schools that had been lockdown have had the lockdown lifted. 

The school released a statement Thursday evening: 

“Today St. Mary’s Catholic School in Temple experienced a random act of violence. I was surprised and shocked to hear that one of our Catholic school faculty members was the inadvertent victim of a shot fired by a suspect police were pursuing. This teacher was an innocent bystander to this incident. I offer my prayers for the community of St. Mary’s Catholic School and all those affected. I thank the teachers and faculty who took quick action to keep all the children safe. I also thank the Temple Police Department and Scott & White EMS for their actions as first responders as well as the medical personnel at Scott & White Medical Center - Temple for their care of the teacher. I ask everyone to pray for St. Mary’s Catholic School and those affected by this incident.”

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Bishop of Austin

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