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School Policeman 'Hero' Shot In Arm As He Confronted Santa Fe Gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis

SANTA FE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A school resource officer -- whom Texas Governor Greg Abbott hailed as one of the 'heroes of law enforcement'  -- was among those injured in a mass shooting Friday morning at Santa Fe High School near Houston.

Seventeen-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis was being held on a capital murder charge after authorities say he fatally shot 10 people and wounded at least 10 others at his high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

School police officer John Barnes was shot in the arm when he confronted the gunman. The identity of the other officer has not yet been released.

"Once again we want to thank the heroes of law enforcement who stepped forward to respond to and confront the shooter," said Abbott. "Their actions probably ensured that more lives were not lost," continued the Governor.

A bullet damaged the bone and a major blood vessel around Barnes' elbow, which required surgery to repair, said David Marshall, chief nursing officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

He said Barnes was in stable condition.

Barnes was the first to engage Pagourtzis, according to Marshall.

Santa Fe HS Shooting
Emergency medical personnel stage in the Santa Fe High School parking lot where 10 students were shot and killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High school. Police arrested a student suspect and detained a second person. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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