Inside Covenant: Officers give harrowing firsthand accounts of running to gunfire
by Jordan Whittington
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Body camera video from inside The Covenant School. (Metro Nashville Police Department)

For the first time since six people were shot and killed inside a Nashville private school, three of the police officers who made entry to the locked building and navigated through smoky hallways towards the active gunman are giving their firsthand account of that March 27 morning.


In a press briefing Tuesday, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Detective Sgt. Jeff Mathes, Officer Rex Engelbert, and Detective Michael Collazo “just wanted to save kids.” Some didn’t even bother dressing in ballistic gear before heading toward The Covenant School shooter.

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