WATCH: Officer Describes Charging Into School Shooting While Off-Duty

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Coral Springs Police Sergeant Jeff Heinrich described charging in during the Parkland school shooting.

Parkland, FL - Sergeant Jeff Heinrich with the Coral Springs Police Department spoke up on Friday about the school shooting, which happened while he was off-duty at the school.

Sergeant Heinrich was wearing only a T-shirt and shorts as he watered the school's baseball field when the shots started.

​"My wife is the [Stoneman Douglas] assistant athletic director who works hand in hand with Chris Hixon, who lost his life. [Aaron] Feis was my son's football coach. So it comes on a different level for me," Sergeant Heinrich said, according to ABC13.

"By the grace of God, my wife and my son at opposite ends of the school. My son was out on a bathroom pass and my wife was in planning inside the girl's locker room. They both heard the fire alarm and decided to evacuate," Sergeant Heinrich said.

The veteran police officer described the start of the shooting.

"Kids started to run, kids started to scream, at that time I heard a round of probably 5 or 6 shots. Obviously, I dropped the hose I was using to water the infield and ran towards the parking lot, which is where the kids were," he said. "Immediately when I ran into the parking lot I encountered a young student... Kyle has a massive gunshot wound."

The sergeant was able to grab Kyle and take him back to the baseball clubhouse and administer first aid before handing him off to the fire department.

A SWAT Captain arrived who had an extra vest and backup weapon.

Sergeant Heinrich strapped on the armor to the outside of his T-shirt and shorts, grabbed the captain's pistol, and went into the school to hunt the shooter.

You can see Sergeant Jeff Heinrich describe the incident below:

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bronx163
bronx163

Sgt. You Sir are what walking through shadow death is. You did what was needed and ran into the eye of danger and not hide behind a car while others like your self run through gates of hell. Did your best to save lives.
True American and Cop.
Stand strong and proud you
Reaponded to the call of need. Dont second guess your self.

Rving
Rving

God Bless you Sir....

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I can't imagine the agony he went through knowing his wife and son were in that school. God bless him for his courage. The police walk into hell when they go to work every day and I'm sure feeling blessed they made it home at end of shift. God bless all and keep you safe.

CTripi
CTripi

Thank you sir for your bravery. I'm so sorry for what you had to endure. Stay strong! We need more like you.

EMarie
EMarie

A true Hero!

angryAmerican
angryAmerican

Jeff Heinrich for Sheriff of Broward County! Dump that other turd!

JMeeley
JMeeley

We cannot stand as tall as you, Sir.
Thank you.

CJSpencer
CJSpencer

I'm going to do something I hardly ever do. I am going to assume that since he was helping out at the school he was unarmed because of some chicken s#it rule about no guns on school property. A veteran police officer and sergeant had to wait until others arrived on scene and had to borrow another cop's gun and vest before he could do what he was trained to do.

sinbad
sinbad

my hat is off to you sir

Shingomatic
Shingomatic

Absolutely agree. He is a LEO, trained and willing to take fire to save lives. He was handcuffed by a ridiculous “feel good” but deadly law that allows cowards to walk into a school with total abandon. Wake up people.

Resa
Resa

Think of lives that could have possibly been saved it this officer had his weapon. Foolish for an LEO to ever be without a weapon close by these days.

DrJeffreyP
DrJeffreyP

Somebody's got to say it, and it grieves me to be the one, but he went in, the SRO and reportedly four other deputies - FOUR - did not.

9familywithblueblood
9familywithblueblood

Agree! This wasn't always the case. Over my teaching career I had several officers in my classroom (as well as different first responders and branches of military) and it was only at the end before I retired early due to the crap and bull other shit that goes on I refused to put up with that a friend of mine was told he'd have to put all his weapons away! Well you can likely imagine how well that was received. He was in duty. NOT going to happen and he was not allowed on campus. (Yet we had helicopters, tanks with Swat team, K-9 demonstration for the entire school, ambulance tours (equipment easily accessible), and more. The clincher for me was a martial arts demonstration. We have no background on these people, the mental stability of the students performing,....nothing. Yet, they didn't just show their katas, kicks, sparring, etc. They had MANY weapons they demonstrated with ON CAMPUS ! How is an officer denied entrance to campus with his service weapon (who is trained and takes an oath to protect denied) but a group of unknown people are allowed to enter campus with weapons unchecked!!!

I'm so glad I am no longer in the classroom. I miss the teaching but not all the behind the scenes crap that prevented you from actually teaching and issues like this. (Get rid of the administration, ...I would go back. It's all about money and not the kids with them involved. 😢)

Thank you to all those out there protecting us now, in the past, or working towards this as a future. I stress everyday from both sides.

Gabe332
Gabe332

God bless and thank you!

parts
parts

Why are you conflating the problem of no guns on school property with the massive proliferation of military grade weapons in the hands of the public. Even if this guy had had a pistol he wouldn't have been able to save anyone. The myth of the good guy with a gun is just that it is a myth. Police are only reactionary not proactive. If they were proactive they would be for massive gun reform legislation.

fightinsanity
fightinsanity

This officer did everything that he could do under the law that prevents guns on school property. As an officer, that rule should NOT apply to him at all. We reap what we sow and our country has sowed a lot of crap during the past 20 years and it is getting deeper every year.

Conwol
Conwol

Thank you officer. But you are correct. It's the administration and the head of that police department who should be in jail.
I am sick of them all.
Good, honest and heroric people like you are out there. But you get , say, that guy Isreal (?) and he destroys the entire department. As for the school administration, well, you higher ups who make and demand, all these assnine decisions, you should ALL be fired.
Your PC Shit doesn't work. And I, for one, am sick of it.


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