PITTSBURGH, PA – OCTOBER 27: Rapid reaction SWAT members leave the scene of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Determined to stop the shooter, SWAT team members charged in and cornered Robert Bowers on the third floor, eventually taking him into custody.
“The bravery that was exhibited by the SWAT teams of Pittsburgh Police and the Allegheny County Police, they ran toward gunfire to keep people safe,” U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said.
Four officers were wounded in that gunfire, two of the critically.
“I can’t say enough about the actions of Pittsburgh Police, the Pittsburgh Police SWAT team and the Allegheny County Police,” Bob Jones, FBI Special Agent in Charge, said. “Had it not been for the quick and heroic response, this would have been much worse.”
“Our SWAT officers and SWAT teams from around the region who were there, who went into that active shooting and were able to apprehend that actor, I can’t speak more for the courage that they have,” Schubert said.
What underscores their bravery even more is that police tell us Bowers was armed with an AR-15 and three handguns.