WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- On Wednesday, the Winston-Salem Police Department honored a school resource officer for his actions after a shooting at Carver High School in August.
Chief Barry Rountree presented School Resource Officer T.R. Wilson with the Medal of Valor Award during a ceremony at the Public Safety Center's auditorium at 3:30 p.m.
Police said Wilson apprehended Christopher Lamont Richardson Jr. immediately after shooting a classmate twice on school grounds during a planned fire drill. First responders took the wounded student to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Doctors treated the student, a Carver High School football player, before he was released so he could recover at home.
In a news conference following the incident, police said there was a running dispute between the two students.
No other students were wounded during the incident. But authorities say Wilson's actions possibly saved other students and faculty.
Officers charged Richardson with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Firearm on School Property, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and Discharging a Firearm within city limits.
Police reserve the Medal of Valor Award for "an employee who performs in a manner that far exceeds departmental standards, performs unselfishly without regard for personal safety, and prevents eminent loss of life or serious injury."