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Security guard won't face charges in 2019 Colorado school shooting

Jan. 24, 2020
1 student was killed and 8 injured last year at STEM School Highlands Ranch; gunfire from guard wounded 2 of the students.

The security guard who shot and wounded two students while responding to a shooting last year at a Colorado school will not face criminal charges after reaching an agreement with victims.

The Denver Post reports that the security guard, Shamson Sundara, agreed to enter into an adult diversion program, complete 50 hours of community service and participate in restorative justice program with the victims.

Sundara detained and disarmed one of the students accused of the May 7, 2019, shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in the Douglas County School District.

The shooting Kendrick Castillo, 18,  and wounded eight.

[Related: 1 student killed, 8 wounded in shooting at suburban Denver school]

While struggling with the shooting suspect, Sundara saw the muzzle of a gun round the corner of the hallway, and he fired two rounds. The bullets missed the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to the school but traveled through a wall and injured two students in a classroom .

STEM School contracted with BOSS High Level Protection for security services, and school officials weren’t aware that Sundara was carrying a weapon until after the shooting, school officials previously said. It is illegal in Colorado to possess a firearm on school grounds without permission.

But Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May found that Sundara’s decision to shoot was legal because he believed others’ lives were in imminent danger.

“Although it was illegal for him to have a gun on the premises, our investigation has determined that his actions were in compliance with applicable law,” May says.

Sundara was not disciplined at the company for the illegal possession of the gun. The company no longer contracts with the Douglas County School District.

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