Knoxville high school student killed after opening fire at police, officer injured

by Jenny Mount · Apr 13th, 2021 1:23 pm
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Last Updated Apr 14th, 2021 at 9:45 am

A high school student in Knoxville, Tennessee, was shot and killed Monday after firing a gun at a police officer.

The officer, who returned fire on the student, was shot at least once in the upper leg. The unidentified student died at the scene.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, officers responded to reports of a "possibly armed" male suspect around 3:15 p.m. at Austin-East Magnet High School. Upon their arrival, police found the student in a bathroom. The student was ordered to come out, but he would not comply and opened fire instead. Police then returned fire.

"Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired," said the KPD on its Facebook page. "A KPD officer was struck at least one time and transported to the UT Medical Center with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening."

The reason behind the student bringing a gun to school remains unclear. An additional unidentified person was detained for further investigation.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon spoke with the wounded officer and said that he was conscious and in good spirits.


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