The suburban Atlanta school bookkeeper who talked a gunman into surrendering to authorities after a standoff with police has been honored by members of her church and a U.S. congressman. Antoinette Tuff was sitting in the front office at McNair Discovery Learning Academy Aug. 20 when a 20-year-old man carrying an assault rifle walked in and prompted a lockdown.
The brother of the 20-year-old man who police say went to an Atlanta-area school heavily armed and exchanged gunfire with officers before surrendering says he was a normal kid growing up, but began to change as a teenager and engage in threatening behavior. The older brother's comments came two days after a school bookkeeper helped persuade Michael Hill to surrender to police following a frightening standoff and shooting Tuesday.
Police said Michael Brandon Hill held one or two staff members in the front office of McNair Discovery Learning Academy captive Tuesday for a time, making one of them call a local TV station. As officers swarmed the campus outside, he shot at them at least a half a dozen times with an assault rifle from inside the school and they returned fire.