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Ex-Oregon WR Keanon Lowe Stops Armed Man at Portland High School

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist

EUGENE, OR -SEPTEMBER 06: Wide receiver Keanon Lowe #7 of the Oregon Ducks scores a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Autzen Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 46-27. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Former Oregon Ducks wide receiver Keanon Lowe "wrestled a suspect to the ground" at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon, on Friday amid reports of a man with a firearm on the school's campus, according to the Oregonian's Jim Ryan.

Police in Portland confirmed a school staff member brought the suspect down, and parents and students credited Lowe as the staff member.

Ryan reported a city dispatcher had listed the situation "as a suicide attempt or threat with weapon." Eyewitnesses said the suspect was a student at the school, though authorities wouldn't confirm the person's identity.

Lowe brought down the suspect next to the school's tennis courts, and no injuries were reported from the scene. One student told Ryan the suspect had pulled out a gun but didn't point it at anyone.

Lowe addressed the incident Saturday on Twitter:

Keanon Lowe @KeanonLowe

When I signed up to be a Security Guard, Football and Track & Field Coach for Parkrose High School, I did so to guide and coach young people whose shoes I had once been in. I had no idea, that I would one day have to put my life on the line like I did yesterday for my students.

Keanon Lowe @KeanonLowe

When confronted with the test the universe presented me with, I didn't see any other choice but to act. Thank God, I passed. I've spent the last 24 hours being more appreciative of my family and realizing we have a serious problem.

Keanon Lowe @KeanonLowe

I'm blessed to be alive and extremely happy that the students are safe. I'm not sure what's next, I haven't had the time to really think about it. But I am sure I want to be a part of the solution to school gun violence. Thank you @PortlandPolice for your help #ParkroseHighSchool

Lowe spent five years at Oregon, redshirting the 2010 season and playing for the team from 2011 to 2014. In addition to winning two Rose Bowls with the Ducks, he caught 68 passes for 891 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Portland native took over as Parkrose's head football coach in February 2018. He guided the school to the state's Class 5A playoffs with a 5-4 regular-season record.

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