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Latest on UCC Shooting: Officers who ran after gunman didn't have bullet proof vests

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) - The latest on the deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon (all times local):
    
11:16 a.m.
    
An Oregon police chief says two detectives who ran toward the sound of gunshots and wounded the gunman who killed nine people at a community college don't want to be called heroes.
    
Sgt. Joe Kaney and Detective Todd Spingath were among the first to arrive at Umpqua (UHMP'-kwah) Community College last Thursday and immediately jumped out of their car without bulletproof vests. The shooter fired at them, but they weren't hit.
    
The officers fired three shots at gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer, striking him once in the side. He then retreated to the classroom where he had gunned down eight students and a professor and killed himself.
    
Roseburg Police Chief Jim Burge says he and many others in the small town consider the officers to be heroes. But he says Kaney and Spingath feel they did what they were trained to do.
    
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10:20 a.m.
    
Authorities say the gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college killed himself inside a classroom after two plainclothes officers shot and wounded him.
    
Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg said at a news conference Wednesday that the two detectives who were among the first on scene heard a volley of gunfire and ran toward the shots at Umpqua (UHMP'-kwah) Community College last Thursday.
    
They spotted 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer in the doorway of a building and he immediately fired at the officers, who weren't wearing bulletproof vests.
    
Wesenberg says they fired three rounds, one of which stuck the shooter in the right side. Once Harper-Mercer was wounded, he went back into the classroom and shot himself at the front of the room.

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