One person dead, officer injured in Tennessee school shooting

Police responded to a school shooting in Knoxville, Tenn. Police responded to a school shooting in Knoxville, Tenn. |  Photo: Knoxville PD

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Updated: April 12, 2021 08:09 PM
Created: April 12, 2021 03:29 PM

The incident happened Monday afternoon at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. Police say they had responded to the school on a report that a male in the school may have been armed.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch says the officers found him in a bathroom and ordered him to come out, but he wouldn’t comply. Rausch says that’s when the student reportedly opened fire, and police fired back.

The student died at the school, and an officer was shot in the leg and taken into surgery.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told WATE-TV that she visited with the officer who was shot, saying that he’s in good spirits.

"He said he'd rather it be him that got hurt than anyone inside the school," Kincannon told the TV station.

Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas reported that the building is secure and students who were not involved in the shooting have been released to their families.

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