Marines say young recruit stopped Highlands Ranch school shooter

Brendan Bialy Photo courtesy KDVR

The U.S. Marine Corps says a student who helped subdue one of the Highlands Ranch school shooters is Brendan Bialy, a member of the Marines’ Delayed Entry Program.

The Marines said Wednesday that Bialy put his own safety at risk and showed “courage and commitment” in helping tackle a gunman in the STEM School in the south Denver suburbs.

Baily said he, 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and a third student tried to stop the gunman by charging at him. 

Bialy said the attacker got some shots off, fatally wounding Castillo. But Bialy said he was able to wrestle the attacker’s firearm from him.

Bialy was not injured in the shooting

Bialy gets regular physical workouts and leadership advice, but never received military training for dealing with an active-shooter threat.

Marine Capt. Michael Maggiti said Wednesday that Bialy met regularly with a recruiter for exercise and discussions about “what it means to be a Marine.”

Maggiti said none of those sessions addressed threats by an active shooter, but that Bialy and his recruiter did talk about “putting service before self.”

Maggiti said Bialy’s “decisive actions resulted in the safety and protection of his teachers and fellow classmates.”

The Delayed Entry Program allows prospective Marines to sign up days or months before they start training.

Maggiti said Bialy is scheduled to begin training this summer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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