LMPD officer, Valley High SRO recognized for stopping potential school shooter

'We just did our job': LMPD officers honored for stopping suspected school shooting attempt

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - At Tuesday’s Jefferson County Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting, two Louisville Metro Police Department officers were recognized for stopping an armed student suspected of planning a school shooting.

On April 12, a person allegedly saw 18-year-old Valley High student Shunka Campbell watching a machine gun video on his phone while in a hallway. When told the video was inappropriate to be watching at school, Campbell allegedly said they should be worried about the gun in his backpack rather than the video on his phone.

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Campbell’s arrest report states he was later found not to have a gun, but was suspended for five days.

But, three days after he was suspended, police said someone matching Campbell’s description was seen on school surveillance video prying open a door and sticking a ballistic vest inside.

Police say Shunka Wakan Wakiyanto Campbell made a threat against Valley High School that resulted in an increased security level. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Police say Shunka Wakan Wakiyanto Campbell made a threat against Valley High School that resulted in an increased security level. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

“I have a past with Shunka, and I’ve dealt with him, so knowing who he was and knowing what he looked like," LMPD School Resource Officer Tony Sacra explained. "(I) just happened to look up and see him and the rest is history.”

Allegedly armed with a loaded revolver and a 50-round box of ammo, Campbell was stopped by Sacra and LMPD Lt. Grant Riggs close to the school.

“Realistically, I think we stopped somebody that had the potential to do some damage,” Sacra said. “I feel that we just did our job.”

It’s a job that may not be there when school starts again in August.

LMPD school resource officers in JCPS schools are cut from the proposed city budget.

If it passes, Sacra and 16 others will be moved out of the schools and back on patrol.

“You never know what tomorrow holds,” Sacra said. “I think the police in the building, the car parked out front, I think it lets a lot of people know that we’re there and the kids are safe and I also think it makes the staff feel more comfortable if there is a situation.”

Metro Council will take a final vote on the budget June 25.

Campbell is due back in court for a pretrial conference on July 2.

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