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

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.

‚Äč"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!