May 22, 2018, 6:23 AM ET

New details reveal how police ended deadly firefight with Texas school shooter

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"Heroes" inside Santa Fe High School last week cornered the mass shooter within four minutes, keeping him contained until additional officers arrived to evacuate teachers and students, the Galveston County Sheriff said.

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"Four minutes is about the only timeline that we need to key in on," Sheriff Henry Trochesset said Monday evening, offering new details on how police managed to stop the gunman in Friday’s deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

"The heroes from that [Independent School District] engaged this individual in approximately four minutes and stayed engaged with him, keeping him contained and engaged," Trochesset said, "so the other heroes -- that continued to arrive -- could evacuate the teachers administrators in the students from this school."

Speaking at a press conference, Trochesset revealed that his children and grandchildren are students at Santa Fe High School and his wife attended the school.

PHOTO: Texas Governor Greg Abbott lays flowers at a makeshift memorial on the grounds of Santa Fe High School, May, 20, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Texas Governor Greg Abbott lays flowers at a makeshift memorial on the grounds of Santa Fe High School, May, 20, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.

"My granddaughter was three doors down from where this occurred in that school," Trochesset said. "Her best friend that spent the night at my house, swam in my pool, is dead."

"This tragedy in this community touches home more than you'd imagine," he added.

The sheriff said the deadly shooting ended with the suspect being trapped in a room, with police in a hallway. By the end, about 200 law enforcement officers descended on the scene to help school district officers apprehend the suspect, Trochesset said, adding that the entire ordeal lasted about 25 minutes.

Santa Fe resident, Lori Simmons cries during a moment of silence in front of Santa Fe High School Monday, May 21, 2018, in Santa Fe. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called for a moment of silence at 10 a.m. Monday morning to remember the victims of thThe Associated Press
Santa Fe resident, Lori Simmons cries during a moment of silence in front of Santa Fe High School Monday, May 21, 2018, in Santa Fe. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called for a moment of silence at 10 a.m. Monday morning to remember the victims of th

Trochesset also said he doesn't believe that any students were killed in law enforcement's crossfire, but they would need to wait on autopsy reports to confirm.

"From what I’ve seen, I don’t believe any of the individuals that were killed were from the law enforcement," he said.

Alleged gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested Friday morning after he opened fire on two art classrooms at the school, killing 10 and wounding 13 others. He's currently being held at the Galveston County Jail where he's under suicide watch, Trochesset said.

Santa Fe High School freshman, Jai Gillard writes messages on each of the 10 crosses in front the school Monday, May 21, 2018, in Santa Fe. Gillard, was in the art class Friday morning, knew all of the victims of the shooting. Texas Governor Greg AbbThe Associated Press
Santa Fe High School freshman, Jai Gillard writes messages on each of the 10 crosses in front the school Monday, May 21, 2018, in Santa Fe. Gillard, was in the art class Friday morning, knew all of the victims of the shooting. Texas Governor Greg Abb

Pagourtzis, who's been charged with capital murder, allegedly was armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, both of which were legally owned by his father.

Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, told ABC News on Monday that other students told him that his client had been bullied by students and adults at Santa Fe High School.

"It's something that we're looking into," Poehl said. "This weekend Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying they had investigated the claims of bullying and found them to be not true."

PHOTO: Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is the suspect in a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, May 18, 2018.Galveston County Sheriff
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is the suspect in a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, May 18, 2018.

"That was released less than 24 hours after the incident occurred," Poehl added. "It's not clear what the nature of that investigation was except that it is clear that they didn't reach out to any of the kids that were on TV claiming that it occurred, so we have some questions about that investigation."

The suspect's father, Antonios Pagourtzis, referred to his son as a "good boy" who was "bullied at school" in an interview on Monday.

"He never got into a fight with anyone. I don’t know what happened," the elder Pagourtzis told the Wall Street Journal in a phone interview on Monday. "I hope God helps me and my family understand. We are all devastated."

"It would have been better," he added, "if he shot me than all those kids."

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  • New name for this stor(e)y

    I dont care if he was beat up everyday (he wanst), that doesnt excuse shooting up the school.

    The father is culpable for allowing his son access to these guns.

  • Firewagon

    "Crossfire?" They actually shot at this whack and he came out without a scratch? Time to arm the teachers and school personnel that "prove" capable!

  • rphunter

    Some 'investigation'. Don't interview the people who claimed bullying took place. Yep, that'll work. Explains why things DON'T get handled.

  • Dcoy

    The police officers are doing the job that they are trained and hired to do particularly if they are Swat Officers. I think in this case they did an excellent job of containing and subduing this criminal and certainly should be commended. However, once again the term hero.... is being thrown about way to loosely it's a term that has be come cliche'.

  • John

    Its always a white male. Who plays the idiot in every tv commercial. The demographic we all agree deserves to be bullied because their ancestors were oppressors instead of oppressed. The demographic we love to hate. Only problem is our hate comes back at us with these shootings.

  • edwardw69

    Nothing in the Second Amendment precludes a legal requirement that gun owners keep the weapons in a gun safe.