Colorado sheriff haunted by school hostage dilemma

April 24, 2007
High school girl was killed by gunman last fall after police stormed the classroom.

Pike County (Colo.) Sheriff Fred Wegener has reviewed every angle of his decision on that September afternoon seven months ago. A gunman was holding two girls hostage in a classroom at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado. His last message to negotiators had been: This will be all over at 4 p.m. It was 3:36. Wegener sent in the SWAT team. As officers detonated explosive charges to break through the locked door, the gunman killed 16-year-old Emily Keyes. Veteran police officers backed up Wegener's decision. Parents told him he made the right call. He knows he made the right decision, but sometimes doubts arise.

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