A campus police officer fatally shot a naked student who was acting erratically and in a threatening manner at the University of South Alabama in Mobile Saturday.
The shooting occurred after officers heard banging on a window at the campus police station after 1 a.m. An officer went out to investigate and found Gilbert Thomas Collar, an 18-year-old freshman from Wetumpka, Ala., nude and acting erratically, according to information posted on the school’s website. The post describes Collar as muscular.
“The man repeatedly rushed and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance,” the post says. The officer drew his gun, ordered Collar to stop and retreated several times, but Collar continued to act threatening.
At one point, Collar kneeled for a moment and then rushed the officer again. When the freshman did not respond to commands to stop, the officer shot him in the chest. The student continued to struggle for a time, then collapsed and died.