NY school official wrestles gun from armed man

June 9, 2009 4:06:17 PM PDT
Police in suburban New York say an armed man who was wrestled to the ground by a superintendent at a middle school is a former police officer and parent of a student. Police say a letter from the district about swine flu may have played into Tuesday's incident at the Blauvelt school. Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old Tappan resident Peter Cocker.

There's no phone listing for the former New York City police officer there.

Police say South Orangetown Central School District Superintendent Ken Mitchell wrestled Cocker to the floor of his office, took the weapon and pinned him until police arrested him.

No one was injured. Police used a shotgun to blast their way into the superintendent's office. It's unclear whether any other shots were fired.

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