Police: Man working on roof at Canyon del Oro High School dies when gun accidentally discharges

Updated: Jul. 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - One man fixing the roof of Canyon del Oro High School was killed when his firearm accidentally discharged on Monday, July 27.

According to Sgt. Amy Graham with the Oro Valley Police Department, the subcontractor had an unholstered weapon that accidentally discharged. The firearm is now in the school’s possession.

Registration was happening on the east side of campus when this incident happened on the west side. Several employees were on campus at the time of the incident.

CDO High School released this statement:

Hello CDO families and staff:

“An employee of a roofing company working on a building at Canyon del Oro High School shot himself this morning. Despite life-saving efforts performed by first-responders, the man has died. The gun, which belonged to the worker, has been recovered.

The school was put on lockdown immediately upon report of a gunshot, and no staff or students were in danger. Oro Valley Police handled the situation and will handle any subsequent investigation.

The lockdown has been lifted, and registration is continuing as scheduled.

Arizona law and District policy prohibit anyone except peace officers or other authorized personnel from carrying guns on school grounds.

The Amphitheater District’s top priority is the safety of staff and students, and the District appreciates the timely response from the Oro Valley Police Department.

Thank you.”

The employer, Progressive Roofing also released a statement:

“Unknown to the Company, a roofer, Noel Watts, was apparently carrying a loaded gun on a jobsite, and it accidentally discharged and killed the employee. The Company prohibits carrying loaded weapons on jobsites. Even though the individual was violating the Company’s safety policies, practices, and procedures, the Company’s thoughts and prayers are with the employee, Noel Watts, and his family and friends based on the tragic accident that occurred. The Company and local law enforcement are investigating this matter, and the Company is cooperating with the investigation. Safety is a top priority at Progressive Roofing. The Company has written safety programs and conducts regular training. The Company’s policy prohibits the possession of weapons at a job site. The Company is committed to providing its employees a safe and healthy workplace.”

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