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Surveillance camera captured football coach disarming student, and then embracing him

PORTLAND, Ore. — A high school football and track coach in Portland, Oregon, was hailed a hero after he disarmed a student with a shotgun.

The student walked into a classroom at Parkrose High School in May, intending to use the firearm to take his own life, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said in a recent statement.

At the time, reports said the coach, Keanon Lowe, tackled the student, but according to emotional surveillance footage released by the district attorney’s office on Friday, Oct. 18, Lowe did nothing of the sort.

Instead, he embraced the student.

Footage showed the student, identified as Angel Granados-Diaz, walked down the hallway. He moved out of view as he entered the classroom, right behind Lowe. Seconds later, people began running through the hallways.

Lowe was seen backing out of the classroom, with the shotgun in his right hand. With his other arm, the coach held the student at arm’s length. Another staff member entered the hallway and took the gun from Lowe.

Then, Lowe wrapped the student in his arms. The coach rubbed his back and held him close. They were later seen sitting on the floor of the hallway as police arrived and arrested the student.

Lowe, who was a standout wide receiver for the University of Oregon between 2010 and 2014, told reporters at the time that they had an “emotional” moment together, according to CNN affiliate KATU.

“In that time, I felt compassion for him,” Lowe said. “A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over.”

The district attorney’s office said Granados-Diaz had made suicidal statements to another student. He never pointed the shotgun at anyone but himself and never fired the gun on campus, the district attorney’s office said. He did try to pull the trigger, but the shotgun, which only had one round, did not fire. That is when Lowe took the firearm from him.

Granados-Diaz eventually pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public, the office said. He was sentenced to three years’ probation.

“Through the course of the investigation, it became clear to law enforcement and our office that Mr. Granados-Diaz did not have the intent to hurt anyone other than himself while at Parkrose High School,” Deputy District Attorney Parakram Singh said.

Under the agreement, Granados-Diaz would receive mental health and substance abuse treatment, the district attorney’s office said.

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