SRO being called a hero in Olathe Kansas School shooting

Three suffer GSW, including the SRO, a principal and the 18-year-old male student suspect.
SRO ERIK CLARK, OLATHE KANSAS POLICE DEPT.
SRO ERIK CLARK, OLATHE KANSAS POLICE DEPT.

OLATHE, Kan. – The Olathe Police Department release more details in a statement regarding the shooting inside the administrative offices Friday morning at Olathe East High School.

On March 4th, 2022 at approximately 10:38 a.m., an Olathe Kansas Police Department School Resource officer (SRO) responded to the school’s main office, in reference to an administrative matter involving an 18-year-old student.

During the incident, the student produced a handgun and shots were exchanged between the student and the School Resource Officer.  The student was taken into custody.  The School Resource Officer, the Administrator and the student all sustained GSW.”

All three were transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  Two were released as of Friday afternoon. One remains hospitalized.

The case will be presented to the Johnson County District Attorney’s office for potential charges.

BREAKING NEWS FRIDAY >> Shooting at Olathe East High School; 3 suffer GSW, principal, SRO and student suspect shooter who is in custody

As a matter of standard procedure, the involved officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation by the Johnson County Multi-Jurisdictional Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Team,” OPD state.

Other police agencies have identified the SRO as Ofc Erik Clark.  He has served the Olathe Police for 15 years and 7 as an SRO. He is being called a hero.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says, “In towns and cities across the country, School Resource Officers go to work each day in an effort to teach students, form positive relationships with them and keep school staff and students safe.

Today, not far away from our own community, a hero emerged in the performance of his duties.

Despite being shot himself, Olathe Police Officer Clark was able to subdue a suspect who had also shot a school administrator.

Due to Officer Clark’s heroic and life-saving actions, nobody else was injured during this dangerous event.”

If anyone has information related to today’s shooting they ask you to call the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-6363.

This is a developing news story, stay with KOAM News Now as we continue to learn more.