Court orders release of video showing student Jon Meis, disarming 2014 Seattle Pacific University shooter, Aaron Ybarra, with pepper spray
Video shows Ybarra entering lobby of Otto Miller Hall on SPU campus waving a shotgun, killing a 19 year-old-student, injuring two others.
Student Jon Meis ambushes Ybarra with peper spray, secures gun and takes suicide weapon [knife] from shooter.
Meis holding down killer until help arrived. He was honored in 2015 for acts of heroism
Aaron Ybarra, the SPU shooter was disarmed by a student with a can of pepper spray
Jon Meis spraying the shooter, Aaron Ybarra, with pepper spray before tackling and disarming him
Responders surveying the scene after. Meis disarmed Ybarra and sat on him till help arrived
Before Ybarra could cause more bloodshed, Meis rips the weapon out of his hand and scurries away. Seconds later, Ybarra reaches for what cops later say is a hunting knife he intended to use to commit suicide — Meis yet again springs from a nearby room and detains the shooter until another man arrives and kicks the blade out of reach.
The two men restrain Ybarra until authorities arrive. Meis, of Renton, Wash., was recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation as a Citizen Honors Program honoree in 2015 for his acts of life-saving heroism.
Victims of the shooting and the Seattle university tried to block the video’s release, arguing that it violated victims’ privacy rights and that the footage could inspire other copycat crimes, the Seattle Times reported.
Ybarra killed Paul Lee,19, and injured students Thomas Fowler, Jr., and Sarah Williams.
“We are disappointed by the release of the surveillance videos of the June 5, 2014, shooting on our campus,” a statement from Seattle Pacific University read. “We, along with others, have pursued legal action to stop the videos’ release in order to protect individual privacy and prevent the emotional distress these images will have on our community. Seattle Pacific University remains strong and resilient as a result of God’s faithfulness to us. Our foremost concern continues to be the welfare and safety of not only our students, faculty, and staff, but of the victims and witnesses of the tragedy.”
The SPU campus during the shooting rampage by Aaron Ybarra in 2014
Ybarra told investigators that he was inspired by and identified with the Columbine shooters and said he hoped to kill more people, according to videos of his interview with detectives.
The Mountlake Terrace native carefully planned the attack and selected the small Christian college. He had no connections with the school.
Ybarra was charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault.
He is schedule in September and intends to pursue an insanity defense.