School resource officer who confronted Great Mills shooter to throw first pitch for Nats

Left: Blaine Gaskill. (Photo, St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office). Right: Bryce Harper. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, the school resource officer who confronted the school shooter in Great Mills, Md., will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals' Opening Day game Thursday.

Jaelynn Willey was shot in the head by 17-year-old Austin Rollins just before 8 a.m. on March 20 in a hallway at Great Mills High School in Great Mills. She died two days later after she was taken off life support.

Officials say, once alerted to the shooting, Gaskill jumped into action and pursued Rollins.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office says that Rollins fatally shot himself in the head after he was confronted by Gaskill in a hallway as he continued walking through the school after the shooting began. Gaskill also simultaneously fired one non-fatal shot, which struck the weapon in Rollins’ hand.

According to a student witness, Rollins held the gun to his head and Gaskill ordered him to drop it.

The Nationals' (4-1) home opener is against the New York Mets (3-1) Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

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