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Former Student Arrested in Slaying of Associate Principal

December 2, 1993

WAUWATOSA, Wis. (AP) _ Police arrested a former student today in the shooting death of an associate principal at a suburban Milwaukee high school.

The man, Leonard McDowell, 21, had been arrested twice in the past 13 months on school property, police said.

Dale Breitlow, 46, was shot Wednesday in a hallway at Wauwatosa West High School. Several students reported hearing a confrontation before shots were fired.

McDowell was arrested this morning near his house in Wauwatosa, about 25 minutes after police received a report of possible gunfire, said Police Chief Barry Weber. McDowell was hiding in shrubbery and offered no resistance, said Weber, who had no details on the gunfire report.

In January, McDowell was arrested on a charge of loitering at Wauwatosa West, Weber said. In November 1992, McDowell was arrested on a charge of trespassing at Wauwatosa East High School, for allegedly swimming in the school pool.

Police had no details on McDowell’s high school career except that he had attended Wauwatosa West at some point.

Breitlow, who came to the school in 1989, was shot in a second-floor hallway and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

″It was really quiet. Then I heard Mr. Breitlow say, ’What are you doing?‴ said Scott Baird, a junior. ″Then all of a sudden I heard a gunshot and two more after that.″

Classes were canceled today, but students were encouraged to come to the school to talk with counselors and teachers, said School Superintendent George Goens.

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