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Tue., June 10, 2014, 10:03 a.m.

Hero in SPU shooting says gunman looked ‘sad and troubled’

SEATTLE – College student Jon Meis, who has shied away from the spotlight since he ended a Seattle campus shooting by pepper-spraying the gunman last week, said Monday it’s hard to accept his status as a hero.

Meis, 22, and his family have declined media requests since the shooting, with relatives going as far as to ask his high school not to grant interviews about him.

But on Monday, Meis issued a written statement through Seattle Pacific University, where the shooting occurred Thursday.

He said he’s praying for the victims, that the tragedy deepened his respect for the work of first responders, and that the gunman appeared to be a sad, troubled young man, not a monster.

“I know that I am being hailed as a hero, and as many people have suggested I find this hard to accept,” he wrote.

What's your definition of "hero"?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.