Student took LSD before campus shooting

Dec 8, 2004
49,445
21,269
693
Maine
#1

Gil Collar

A nude University of South Alabama freshman had taken LSD and assaulted others before he chased the campus police officer who fatally shot him, authorities said Tuesday, though the student wasn't armed.

Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said at a news conference that 18-year-old Gil Collar took the drug during a music festival Saturday before assaulting two people in vehicles and attempting to bite a woman's arm.

Authorities said Collar then went to the campus police headquarters, where he was shot by university police officer Trevis Austin. Austin is on leave while investigators review the shooting.

Video taken by a surveillance camera showed Collar nude and covered in sweat as he pursued the retreating officer more than 50 feet outside the building, Cochran said. Collar got within 5 feet of Austin and the officer fired once, striking the student in the chest, Cochran said.

Cochran said Austin came out of police headquarters with his gun drawn after he heard Collar — a 5-foot-7, 135-pound former high school wrestler — banging on a door. While campus police typically carry pepper spray and a baton, Cochran said Austin was armed only with a gun during the confrontation.

The sheriff said it was unclear whether the officer could have avoided shooting even if he had a non-lethal weapon to subdue the student.

"Had the officer had a Taser or some other less lethal instrument I don't know if that officer would have had an opportunity to shoulder his pistol and to use something else because the events were evolving so rapidly and he was approaching so close," said Cochran.

Cochran said he had "serious concerns" about the killing of an unarmed student when he first heard what had happened, but he better understood the officer's decision to open fire after watching the videotape of the shooting.

"It's very powerful," said Cochran.

Investigators are trying to determine who provided Collar with LSD and could charge that person with murder, Cochran said. Cochran said the information about Collar's drug use came from people who were with him at the concert.

The New York-based American Council on Drug Education said LSD, also known as acid, can cause acute anxiety, panic, paranoia, psychotic behavior and an inability to recognize danger. Effects can last for hours, according to the group's website.

Cochran said authorities will allow Collar's family and media representatives to view the recording later, but it will not be released publicly.

Collar graduated earlier this year from Wetumpka High School, where a vigil planned in remembrance of the longtime prep wrestler will be held Tuesday night
Link
 

MagicBob

Registered User
Dec 2, 2010
2,171
15
88
#4
Some people just cant handle their high.
 

Gorilla Pimp

Popped a molly i'm sweatin, WOO
Nov 2, 2009
3,269
640
173
Mobile, AL
#5
South Alabama is in my city... This has been all over the news down here... The family hired private detectives and the students are all protesting and shit.
 

whiskeyguy

PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.
Donator
Jan 12, 2010
36,555
22,220
398
Northern California
#6
Gil Collar took the drug during a music festival Saturday before assaulting two people in vehicles and attempting to bite a woman's arm.
I hope they shot him in the head.
 

MagicBob

Registered User
Dec 2, 2010
2,171
15
88
#7
I hope they shot him in the head.
Video taken by a surveillance camera showed Collar nude and covered in sweat as he pursued the retreating officer more than 50 feet outside the building, Cochran said. Collar got within 5 feet of Austin and the officer fired once, striking the student in the chest, Cochran said.
nah in the chest, but yer right, he deserved a head shot. :action-sm

good center of mass hit, hopefully... being 5 feet away and all.
 

MagicBob

Registered User
Dec 2, 2010
2,171
15
88
#9
yeah the cop probably could have used less than lethal force, had he had a taser or such on him... but in the cops defense, a naked, crazed guy that runs at you when you have your gun drawn? You dont let that kind of person get ahold of you or your gun.
 

Gorilla Pimp

Popped a molly i'm sweatin, WOO
Nov 2, 2009
3,269
640
173
Mobile, AL
#10
Also what they fail to mention in those articles is in the last year, the negros in the surrounding neighborhoods have been coming on the campus, breaking into cars, robbing students who are walking around campus, raping girls, and even a shooting... Also a murderer was found hiding in his girlfriends dorm room on campus. The campus police have been very busy around there lately.
 

Ballbuster1

In The Danger Zone...
Wackbag Staff
Aug 26, 2002
103,727
16,898
919
Your house, behind the couch
#12
If the cop had a tazer and used that they'd still complain of excessive force.
I'll bet if he punched the guy someone would be upset over it.

One of the guys I work with is married to an ER nurse. She says that most
people hopped up like that won't be slowed by anything but a bullet.