SANTA FE, Texas (NBC) – Police responding to shots fired inside Santa Fe High School got locked into a 25-minute gun battle with the gunman, a Texas sheriff said Monday.
According to a report by NBC News, the Galveston County Sheriff said that as far as he could tell none of the 10 victims were killed by crossfire from law enforcement officers, but that he won’t know for sure until the autopsies are completed.
"There were minimal shots fired, at least from us, from law enforcement," the sheriff said. "But the individual was still trying to shoot us."
"And it continued until that subject was placed into custody," he said. "We’re lucky the body count’s not higher. … He was in the classroom, the officers were in the hallway."
Explosive devices were also found in the hallways.
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is charged with capital murder and aggravated assault.