Dramatic Moment Former CFL Player Stops Angry Woman With Gun Inside Florida School

Posted On : 05/15/2018

This is the dramatic moment a former CFL football player disarmed an angry gun-toting woman.

Sharon Kelly, 43, walked into a school gymnasium full of students and started a fight.

A student at Florida‘s Jean Ribault High School captured defensive back Lin-J Shell, 36, breaking up the scuffle. 

Lin-J Shell Now Teaches P.E At The Florida School

Shell, 36, who played for CFL teams including the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts, now teaches physical education at the Florida school. 

The video uploaded on Instagram, shows a slew of students throwing vicious punches at each other in the middle of the gym floor. Shell can be seen wading into the fight, trying to break it up. 


The Suspect Went To Retrieve A Gun

Shell told CTV News that at one point during the fight, students told him that Kelly had gone outside to retrieve something from her car. 

‘She got out of the car, she was irate, basically saying she wasn’t going to let anyone jump on her family,’ Shell said. 

‘I walked behind her and I noticed I could see the rear sights of the gun,’ Shell told the Calgary Sun.

Rather than tackle Kelly, Shell, decided to slowly disarm her. 


He Begged Her Not To Shoot The Kids

‘I came from behind her, I saw she had a gun, I grabbed her hand, put her hand down and hit her elbow,’ Shell recalled.

As he walked her, backwards, out of the gym, he held her arm in such a way that the gun pointed down towards the ground.

The whole time, he said he repeated to her, ‘Please don’t shoot our kids.’  

Once outside the gym, Shell called for help from the high school’s armed resources officer.

Thankfully they were able to make Kelly drop the gun.

Jacksonville police then arrived and arrested Kelly, who was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, according to News 4 Jax

Incident Apparently Started Over A Social Post

The fight apparently kicked off because Kelly was angry about a social media post that involved her nephew and a Jean Ribault student. 

Police said that Kelly’s gun was fully loaded with six rounds, although no bullets were in the chamber at the time of her arrest.        

In 2014, Shell won the Grey Cup while playing with the Calgary Stampeders in 2014. He has taught Phys. Ed. at Jean Ribault for the past 10 years. 

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