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Report: The Coward Chris Harper Mercer Killed Himself as 3 Officers Arrived On Scene

Report: The Coward Chris Harper Mercer Killed Himself as 3 Officers Arrived On Scene

By T. Rees Shapiro and Lenny Bernstein for The Washington Post

Three police officers arrived at the scene of Thursday’s massacre at Umpqua Community College within six minutes of the first emergency call, exchanged gunfire with shooter Chris Harper Mercer and prevented him from “killing dozens of other people who were in that classroom and in the immediate vicinity,” Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin said Saturday.

During the gunfight, Mercer, 26, killed himself, according to the state medical examiner. The information was released by Hanlin at Saturday’s final news conference on the mass shooting, which took the lives of 10 people, including Mercer, and injured nine others.

Hanlin also revealed that authorities had found another handgun belonging to Mercer, bringing his stockpile to 14. Authorities previously said he brought six of those weapons — five handguns and a rifle — to the school, along with a steel-paneled flak jacket and five extra magazines of ammunition. Hanlin also confirmed that Mercer was a student at the college and was registered for the class where the shooting started.

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