A law enforcement officer was injured in a shooting at a high school in Knoxville, Tennessee, authorities stated Monday. Authorities said the person who shot the officer, a trainee at Austin-East Magnet High School, died at the scene when cops returned fire.
At 3:15 p.m. regional time, cops reacted to a report of a male who was potentially armed in the school. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said cops discovered the suspect in a school washroom. Cops purchased him out, however he refused.
Rausch said that as police went into the restroom, he “supposedly fired shots, striking an officer.” One officer returned fire, and the trainee was noticable dead at the scene. There are no other recognized gunshot victims, police said.
The wounded officer, who has actually not been determined, is mindful and is anticipated to make it through.
Trainees who were not associated with the occurrence were sent home, said Bob Thomas, the superintendent of Knox County Schools. Prior to Mondays violence, 4 trainees have been fatally shot this year alone.
Individuals gather outside Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville following a shooting on April 12, 2021.
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