University of South Alabama student killed during altercation with police.
A South Alabama University student is dead after an altercation with campus police.
Officials say a campus police officer shot and killed freshman Gilbert Collar after the student allegedly attacked the officer.
Colgan Meanor says this wasn't in his friend's character.
"This is definitely unusual and it's a very weird situation for sure," Meanor said.
Freshman Gilbert Thomas Collar was killed by a single shot.
USA campus police scrambled to explain what a university spokesman describes as "a campus tragedy".
According to campus police, at 1:23 a.m. one of their officers heard a loud banging noise on one of the campus police station windows.
The officer says he was confronted by, what they describe as a muscular, nude man acting "erratically".
The unidentified officer says the man "verbally challenged him."
USA spokesperson Keith Ayers took the explanation further.
"The man repeatedly rushed toward the officer and verbally challenged the officer in a fighting stance. The officer, with weapon drawn, ordered the individual to stop. The officer retreated numerous times in an attempt to calm the situation. The individual continued to press toward the officer in a threatening manner."