A high school student in Knoxville, accused of firing a shot at a police officer, has died. According to the reports, the Knoxville Police was informed about a possible armed student in the Austin-East high school on Monday afternoon. The police found the student inside the school’s restroom, who initially refused to come out. When the officers entered the restroom, the kid reportedly opened fire and shot one of the officers in his leg. As a result, the police officer fired back.
The Knoxville Police Department tweeted, “Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired,” the Knoxville Police Department wrote on Facebook. “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.” Meanwhile, the student died at the school, and one more suspect was detained for investigation.
Subsequently, the injured officer was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and he was last listed in serious condition and in surgery. According to the reports, at the time of the incident, teachers, students, and other staff members were inside the school, and the students were safely released to their parents after the situation was under control.
The identity of the deceased and the injured officer are not publicly revealed. The kid’s intention to bring a gun to the school still remains unclear.
After the incident, Austin-East High School has decided to dismiss the classes. No online or offline classes would be held today and tomorrow. However, the school authorities said the school would be open on Tuesday for the students who wish to meet the counselors. Soon after the incident, the school sent a mail to all the parents stating, “We know that you are concerned, and we will provide information as soon as possible. Please know that we are working to support our students and staff during this time. The Austin-East family is heartbroken by this tragedy.”
What do the Authorities have to say?
Other than the Knoxville Police Department, the Knoxville Fire Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Nashville (ATF Nashville), and TBI also reached the site. ATF also issued a statement saying, “ATF will be working with the Knoxville PD as well as focusing on the tracing of firearms and the recovery of shell cases which will be entered into NIBIN to see if there are any connections to previous shootings.”
Mayor Kincannon also commented on the incident in a media briefing. She said, “We lost someone particularly close to the community… We all need to work together to stop the violence… It’s a big challenge, and we’re going to need the whole city to work together.”
Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs released a statement :
“I am as troubled and frustrated about this as everyone else. I want to thank the officer for risking his life to protect everyone in the school and encourage everyone to remember how hard these last few months have been on our Austin-East families,”