Football coach hailed as hero for disarming gunman outside Oregon high school

PHOTO: Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore.PlayKATU
WATCH Football coach hailed as hero in shooting scare

An Oregon high school coach is being hailed as a hero after students say he disarmed a man with a gun in the middle of the school day.

Portland police have a suspect in custody after the gun scare at Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland on Friday.

On Saturday, police released the name of the suspect, Angel Granados Dias, who is 18 years old. He was charged with possession of firearm in a public building, attempting to discharge a firearm at a school, reckless endangerment, and possession of a loaded firearm in a public place, police said.

PHOTO: Angel Granados Dias, 18, is pictured in this undated photo released by Portland Police Bureau. Portland Police Bureau
Angel Granados Dias, 18, is pictured in this undated photo released by Portland Police Bureau.

The police department released a mug shot of Granados Dias and a picture of the weapon he allegedly used.

PHOTO: A gun is pictured in this undated photo released by Portland Police Bureau. Portland Police Bureau
A gun is pictured in this undated photo released by Portland Police Bureau.

Authorities said that shortly before noon, Granados Dias allegedly brought the gun onto the campus, where he was confronted by school staffers.

PHOTO: Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore. KATU
Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore.

One staffer wrestled him to the ground near the school's tennis courts and disarmed him, police said.

Students told ABC affiliate KATU that the staffer was Keanon Lowe, the school's football and track and field coach, who was formerly a star wide receiver with the University of Oregon Ducks.

"He's a hero," one student told KATU.

Portland police arrived within minutes of the incident and began a room-by-room search of the school accompanied by a full evacuation.

PHOTO: Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore. KATU
Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore.

Students were bused from the school to a nearby rendezvous point to be picked up by their parents.

In a tweet, Portland Police officials said, "We ask for patience at Parkrose High School. ... No injuries found at this time."

"This was a best-case scenario," said Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots. "The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job."

Police said the investigation was ongoing.

PHOTO: Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore. KATU
Officers responded to a call regarding a man armed with a gun near Parkrose High School, Portland, Ore.