Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Video shows coach disarming, embracing OR student

Video shows coach disarming, embracing OR student

Footage of school coach Keanon Lowe disarming then-18-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz in May has been released to the public, showing him gripping the student in a tight embrace as another person takes away the weapon.

In the video, which was first obtained by KOIN 6 News, Lowe - who now works at Parkrose as the security guard as well as the head football and track and field coach - can be seen emerging from behind a wall while holding the student's gun out of his reach.

The student, Angel Granados-Diaz, pleaded guilty to gun charges on October 10. With his other arm, the coach holds the student at arm's length.

Lowe, who is from the nearby city of Gresham, was employed as an offensive analyst for the San Francisco 49ers when he found out that his best friend had died from a drug overdose. After Granados-Diaz was disarmed, Lowe pulled him in for a long hug. "It was emotional for him, it was emotional for me", Lowe told KATU in May.

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Lowe, a former Oregon Ducks football player and NFL coach, says he lunged for the gun with both hands inside the classroom when he realized what was happening. Reports at the time said Lowe tackled the student, but the new footage paints a different picture. "He had his two hands on the gun and obviously the kids are running out of the classroom and screaming", Lowe continued. I told him I was there to save him. "I'm happy I was able to be there for the kids and for the community". We called him a hero then, but after seeing this I'm not sure there is even a word worthy of him.

He would plead guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building and one count of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in public. "A lot of times, especially when you're young, you don't realize what you're doing until it's over", he said.

Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Parakram Singh said, "Through the course of the investigation it became clear to law enforcement and our office that Mr. Granados-Diaz did not have the intent to hurt anyone other than himself while at Parkrose High School", NBC afiliate KGW reported.

Lowe said the moments he and Granados-Diaz had together until police arrived were emotional. Investigators said he made suicidal statements to another individual prior to the incident.

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