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Transcripts of Exchanges between Police Officers

 

Transcripts of exchanges between sheriff's Deputy Neil Gardner, who's regularly stationed at the school, unidentified offices listed as "officer" and a dispatcher during the shooting. Some portions were unintelligible.

Dispatcher:

. . .Shots fired at Columbine High School, 6201 South Pierce, possibly the south lower lots toward the east end. One female is down.

Officer Neil Gardner:

Shots in the building. I need somebody in the south lot with me.

Dispatcher:

MC2's in the area.

Dispatcher:

140 en route. 11:26.

Officer:

Several shots. Code 33.

Dispatcher:

71 (Gardner's identification number). Several shots fired. Columbine High School. Use caution. . .

Dispatcher:

Copy. Attention. All units, there's a code three on this channel. For the others at Columbine High, take your traffic to channel two. . .

Officer:

Are the alarms OK en route down to Columbine.

Officer:

27. I'm coming in the area.

Dispatcher:

71 requested assistance at the south polar line.

Officer:

At the lot?

Dispatcher:

Extend at the lot. That's where we had the female down. . .

Officer:

OK. . .We've got the pupils leaving the grounds.

Dispatcher:

I also have reports of possible grenades in the school. From a teacher.

Officer:

They think somebody is in the school with a gun.

Dispatcher:

Report units of possible parties inside the school with weapons. Also we have reports from outside the school that possibly grenades are being thrown on the roof of the school.

Officer:

27. I'm set up on Pierce at the south side lot.

Dispatcher:

Pierce south lot. . .

Officer:

44. I'll be set up on the west side of the back of the school, by the ball field. I've got the west side by the ball field. Supposedly they're in black trench coats.

Dispatcher:

Attention. West side by the ball fields, parties in trench coats, possibly has a shotgun.

Dispatcher:

. . .71, is your ambulance needed in the lower lot south side?

Officer:

They need to stay away for now. Break.

Dispatcher:

Copy. They're staging. Go ahead.

Officer:

We've got a couple shots off the shooter on the southeast end. Southwest, I'm sorry.

Dispatcher:

Is it southwest or southeast?

Officer:

Southwest. It's a big gun.

Dispatcher:

Southwest side with a large weapon.

Officer:

I'm on scene. Where does he want me?

Dispatcher:

71, where do you want 141?

Officer:

144, myself, MC2, uh, southeast, scratch, southwest corner by the ball fields.

Dispatcher:

144 and MC2, southwest corner by the ball fields. 149, it's about 11:30.

Officer:

. . .Student lot and the buildings. . .

Dispatcher:

OK, units responding on scene possibly instudent lot.

Officer:

This is 144. Additional shots fired, large caliber.

Dispatcher:

144. More shots fired, large caliber. 11:30.

Officer:

More shots fired from inside. There is a party down on northwest lot.

Dispatcher:

Northwest lot, another party down. Units, we have information some of the shots fired in the library. . .

Officer:

More shots fired.

Dispatcher:

More shots fired. 11:31.

Officer:

I'm clear. All right.

Officer:

. . .I've got some smoke coming from the building. I'm over here with the MC unit.

Dispatcher:

. . .Smoke from the building. 11:31.

Officer:

. . .Shed by the southwest side.

Dispatcher:

Another party down of the southwest side.

Dispatcher:

Attention all units: 71 is under fire. He's advises the suspect just ran into the building.

Officer:

. . .Southwest corner.

Dispatcher:

Is this the party in the trench coat?

Officer:

Yes. He had a white T-shirt on with some kind of a holster vest something.

Dispatcher:

43 advises the official party on second level, southwest side, a white T-shirt, possibly holster gun.

Officer:

I don't know if it's the party or not. I jusy saw one by a window.

Dispatcher:

71 is still under fire in the south lot. . .

 

 

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