Santa Fe High School shooter crumpled to ground in surrender

The accused mass murderer who killed 10 people at his Texas high school surrendered meekly when police cornered him, a top federal official said Saturday.

Gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, “sort of fell to the ground and surrendered,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), head of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Pagourtzis’ submissive response stood in contrast with his plan to commit suicide after opening fire at Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and a .38mm handgun that belonged to his dad.

“He admitted to investigators that he intended on killing himself, but he chickened out at the last minute,” Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry told the Daily News.

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Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least ten people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least ten people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: (Editor's Note: Best images quality available) In this handout photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office, Dimitrios Pagourtzis poses for a mugshot after his arrest on May 18, 2018 in Sante Fe, Texas. Pagourtzis is suspected of killing 10 people and injuring 10 more in a mass shooting at a Sante Fe high school. (Photo by Galveston County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas City Police Department SWAT vehicle leaves the scene at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place 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)
Law enforcement officers are responding to Santa Fe High School following a shooting incident in this Harris County Sheriff office, Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., photo released on May 18, 2018. Courtesy HCSO/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Sen. Ted Cruz (C) speaks as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Galveston County Judge Mark Henry look on speaks during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School 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)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Santa Fe High School closed after a lone gunman opened fire in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: ATF agents arrive on location at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students 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)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Highway 6 closed by police officials after a lone gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Security forces take security measures back of Santa Fe High School after a lone gunman opened fire in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Police direct traffic at a road closure after a lone gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An FBI agent is seen in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas City Police Department SWAT vehicle leaves the scene at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place 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)
SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL, SANTA FE, TEXAS - MAY 10, 2018: DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)
An FBI agent is seen in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
Emergency crews and police gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Security forces take security measures around the site after a lone gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 8 people were killed and several were wounded on shooting. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least eight people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least eight people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
An FBI agent is seen in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least ten people were killed on May 18, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. - At least ten people were killed when a student opened fire at his Texas high school on May 18, 2018, as President Donald Trump expressed 'heartbreak' over the latest deadly school shooting in the United States. The shooting took place as classes were beginning for the day at Santa Fe High School in the city of the same name, located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.'There are multiple fatalities,' Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. 'There could be anywhere between eight to 10, the majority being students.' (Photo by Daniel KRAMER / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL KRAMER/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency crews stage in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least 10 students were 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)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency crews stage in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where at least 10 students were 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)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: A Life Flight helicopter takes off from Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place 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)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: 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)
Law enforcement officers are responding to Santa Fe High School following a shooting incident in this Harris County Sheriff office, Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., photo released on May 18, 2018. Courtesy HCSO/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: ATF agents arrive on location at Santa Fe High School where a shooter killed at least 10 students 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)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Emergency medical personnel arrive on location at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place 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)
#KHOU 11 "Three sources telling me that at least 8 students are dead in today's Santa Fe ISD school shooting. More… https://t.co/B68g7GYq9d
BREAKING UPDATE: Staff with @utmbhealth John Sealy Hospital in Galveston says several patients en route following a… https://t.co/95MhgmDl2H
DEVELOPING: Student claims shooter used a, “sawed off shotgun and pistol” in today’s shooting at Santa Fe High School in Galveston Co.
UPDATE: Shooter is a student in #SantaFeShooting, according to federal, local enforcement sources… https://t.co/CZgi8Zn1CM
We are assisting @SantaFeISD with a multiple-casualty incident at Santa Fe High School. This is no longer an active… https://t.co/XViFqsLpBS
One is in custody, a second one detained. An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.
There are reports the gunman at Santa Fe High School threw pipe bombs into the classroom and opened fire. 8 people… https://t.co/oTikoP1d7A
#UPDATE Possible explosive devices have been located at the school and off campus. Law enforcement is in the proces… https://t.co/coVX7b7pIP
UTMB: 1 patient critical, 2 stable in fair condition. Surgery underway. Not expecting more patients. Closest L1 trauma hospital. #khou11
UTMB Hospital officials confirm John Barnes is their adult male patient listed in critical condition after Santa Fe… https://t.co/LGQIu7dd4d
.@GovAbbott confirms that there were 10 killed and 10 wounded in this morning's #SantaFe High School attack
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School 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)
SANTA FE, TX - MAY 18: (L-R) Sen.Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speak to the media during a press conference about the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School where a shooting took place 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)
SANTA FE, USA - MAY 18: Pearland Police vehicle parked on Highway 6 in front of Santa Fe High School after a lone gunman opened fire in Santa Fe, Texas, United States on May 18, 2018. At least 10 people were killed and 10 others injured in Texas on Friday after a gunman armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver opened fire at the Santa Fe High School. (Photo by Tharindu Nallaperuma/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, May 18, 2018 -- A fire truck is deployed around Santa Fe High School in Texas, the United States, on May 18, 2018. Eight to ten people have been killed after a shooter opened fire inside Santa Fe High School Friday morning in the southeast of Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas, local police said. (Xinhua/Steven Song via Getty Images)
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The case will likely be transferred Monday to a state district trial court, said Henry — who mentioned the suspect’s detached demeanor.

“He didn’t seem to exhibit any kind of emotion,” Henry said Saturday.

A second person of interest held by police in the slaughter “was acting odd,” Henry told the News. “He was found in the building, locked in a closet.”

But it was unclear if the person in custody was involved in the attack — the nation’s deadliest school shooting since the Parkland High School killing of 17 people on Feb. 14.

Nine students and one teacher were killed, with another 10 victims wounded, after the trenchcoat-clad killer opened fire.

An affidavit indicated the shooter spared the lives of certain students so “he could have his story told,” according to multiple reports.

Pagourtzis also indicated in journals kept on his computer and cell phone that he “wanted to commit the shooting,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The suspect’s ex-girlfriend was among the students shot in an art classroom, sophomore Kole Dixon told the New York Times. Her condition remains unclear.

Pagourtzis also attempted to use explosives devices, which included at least one Molotov cocktail.

Henry said some of the devices were not functional and described carbon dioxide canisters wrapped in duct tape and a pressure cooker with an alarm clock attached to it — but no explosive device.

As for motive, Henry told The News that the initial court appearance was focused on probable cause for criminal charges rather than what set off Pagourtzis’ rampage.

Pagourtzis, who was charged with capital murder, briefly appeared in court on Friday night. He requested a public defender and did not enter a plea.

He has no prior arrests or confrontations with law enforcement.

Acquaintances described him as quiet and unassuming, although Pagourtzis shared a few alarming social media posts — including a photo of a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Born to Kill."

Another photo showed a trench coat covered with pins including an Iron Cross, a military decoration with links to Nazi Germany.

He also played on the junior varsity football team and was a member of a dance squad with a local Greek Orthodox church.

Laura Dimon reporting in Santa Fe, Texas

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