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School resource officer credited in resolving active shooter lockdown at Jefferson County Learning Center

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Aarion Powell, Jefferson County sheriff's deputy and school resource officer at the Jefferson County Learning Center. (abc3340.com) Aarion Powell, Jefferson County sheriff's deputy and school resource officer at the Jefferson County Learning Center. (abc3340.com)
Antonio Wilson Antonio Wilson
JEFFERSON COUNTY - AL -

It's not everyday that you can potentially save the lives of hundreds of people.  Jefferson County Deputy Aarion Powell has the potential to do that everyday at work, as the school resource officer at the Jefferson County Learning Center.  Powell is credited for diffusing an active shooter situation Thursday and doing just that.

The commotion started Thursday morning around 9:00 a.m., according to Deputy Powell.  He says Antonio Wilson, of Tarrant, was yelling and cursing at students who were in the parking lot, taking part in drill exercises.  When the deputy came outside, he says the 32 year old started running quickly to his home, which is very close to the school.  Powell said Wilson was running with his right hand in his pocket, and when he got to his house, he pulled out a small caliber weapon and began waving it up and down in the air.

The SRO walked ABC 33/40 through the scenario.  Powell demonstrated how he put his training into action, as well as the principal.  The officer stated that Principal Jason Wilson immediately took action when Wilson reportedly brandished the gun.  The principal rushed the more than four dozen students, teachers and drill instructor inside toward safe zones and put the school on the highest form of lockdown.  All this was happening behind Deputy Powell who now had his gun in "the ready" position.

He kept his weapon low because he said, "had I pointed my weapon at him ... I didn't know whether or not he'd get off a round maybe two rounds or maybe start shooting."  He talked with Wilson and said when he holstered his gun, Wilson put his away as well and then retreated inside the house.  Tarrant Police arrived as backup and Wilson was found in a back bedroom.  The gun was reportedly found in a container inside the home.  Wilson was arrested and charged with Terrorist Threat, Criminal Trespass, Carrying Pistol Without a License, Menacing.

This isn't the first time Deputy Powell has arrested Wilson.  He says he's jailed him two other times.  Once was in 2012, when he was arrested for firing shots in the area.

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