Dad arrested for stabbing two football players who were trying to stop his son from beating up their football coach

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CHESTERFIELD, VA – A 46-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly stabbed two high school students who were attempting to stop his son from physically fighting with their football coach.

Last night, I received a call I dread; the report of a knife attack on the property of one of our local schools. Two…

Posted by Chesterfield County Police Chief, Col. Jeffrey S. Katz on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Chesterfield Police Chief Jeffrey Katz talked about the football practice for the Carver Middle School football team. 

He said:

“Last night, I received a call I dread; the report of a knife attack on the property of one of our local schools.  Two students stabbed…

“A local private school was holding evening football practice on one of our CCPS fields.  During the practice, a coach decided to reprimand a…player.  The player made the decision to physically assault the coach. 

“Two fellow players, a 17 and 18-year-old, made the courageous decision to intervene and protect their coach from the assault.  This is when the father of the player assaulting the coach decided to produce a knife and repeatedly stab the two Good Samaritan students.

“Our response was swift and voluminous.  The victims of the stabbing suffered puncture and laceration wounds – including to the face and chest.  Fortunately, these were not life-threatening – although they were quite serious.”

Chesterfield County Police responded and located the suspect, identified as Turon M Savoy, as he tried to flee the scene.  They were able to take him into custody without further incident. 

Katz said:

“A local reporter on the scene of this incident reported hearing someone, an uninvolved bystander, complain…not about the stabbing of two students…not about the violent unprovoked attack on a school coach, but about the number of police officers who raced to this incident.”

Katz is right, the concern should not have been about the number of officers who responded to the scene of a stabbing, but rather the person who stabbed two high school teenagers.  Whoever made that comment should be happy that police were able to show up quickly, render aid to the victims, and take the assailant into custody without incident. 

Katz took the issue in stride, for the most part, but said that he considers the words of former President Theodore Roosevelt as a reminder during times like these, and the importance of maintaining the morale of his officers. 

Roosevelt, a former New York Police Department Commissioner, said:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. 

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strive valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;

“but who does actually strive to do their deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Katz alludes that he will not entertain the person who’s interest was not in saving the children, not in the police response, but rather in support of his officers who did an outstanding job. 

He said:

“With this in mind, I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly THANK those two heroic players for doing the right thing. 

To THANK the coach for committing to the development of our community’s youth at personal risk, and to THANK the men and women of the Chesterfield County Police Department who continue to choose entry into the arena – sometimes to the jeers of jackals – in order to make a positive difference in our community.”

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High school coach, former football player tackles shooter before trigger pulled

An Oregon high school shooting was prevented on Friday by the school’s football and track coach, who police say tackled the suspect before he could get a single shot off.

Parkrose High School
A high school coach was able to tackle a gunman before shooting began.

 

It happened at Parkrose High School.  Police said a suspect, who students have identified as an 18-year-old student there, walked into the high school armed with a shotgun. 

Apparently Keanon Lowe, the coach who is also a security guard at the school, saw him and tackled him.

“I’m just happy everyone was OK,” Lowe told local media outlets.

He walked out of the school about four hours after the incident.

“I’m happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community.” 

Portland police have not publicly identified the suspect, but did say he is an adult.  

“I can’t thank the man enough who got the gun away from that boy,” mom Desiree said. “To save my child as well as all these others.” 

According to police spokesman Sgt. Brad Yakots, the school was evacuated and a nearby middle school was on lockdown for several hours as the investigation unfolded. 

Keanon Lowe
Picture from Keanon’s LinkedIn profile.

 

The school was searched room by room and students were not allowed to have access to their personal items for a time.   

According to Yakots, the outcome was “the best case scenario, absolutely”.

“The staff member did an excellent job by all accounts, (and) our officers arrived within minutes and went right in.” 

School officials say the student was exhibiting “concerning behavior” that led two fellow students to report him to school staff. 

Students said the man entered their government class in the school’s fine arts building – separate from the main building – just before noon.  Apparently Lowe had been in the classroom earlier looking for the man after he was reported. 

Senior Justyn Wilcox was in the room when it happened.  He said about 10 minutes before the end of class, the student appeared in the doorway in a black trench coat and pulled out a long gun from beneath his coat. 

Student Alexa Pope said the student didn’t point the gun at anyone, but that students fled out the back door because the gunman was blocking the main doorway. 

“As I was running, I was just like, Lord don’t let this be it,” Pope said. 

That’s when Lowe jumped into action, tackling and disarming him.

Lowe was a star wide receiver at the University of Oregon, playing from 2011 to 2014.  He caught 10 touchdown passes in his college career and had nearly 900 receiving yards – he also saw playing time on special teams. 

He became an offensive analyst for the San Francisco 49ers and as an analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles after college.

Lowe was hired at Parkrose last year as the school’s head football and track and field coach, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Prior to that, he worked for his high school alma mater, Jesuit High.

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