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Maryland governor honors deputy who fired at school shooter

ANNAPOLIS — A school resource officer who fired at a student gunman in Maryland is receiving more honors.

Blaine Gaskill, a deputy first class with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, received a governor’s citation on Thursday. The Washington Post reports that Gov. Larry Hogan called him a hero who did everything right. Gaskill also was honored by the Washington Nationals, who had him throw the first pitch at their home opener.

Seventeen-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins mortally wounded 16-year-old Jaelynn Willey before killing himself at Great Mills High School last month.

Officials say Gaskill responded immediately and fired a shot that hit the gun in the teen’s hand just as Rollins shot himself in the head.