The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday evening that a high school student was killed by police after he opened fire on officers inside a bathroom, injuring one cop. The Knoxville Police Department said in a statement earlier in the day that “multiple law enforcement agencies” responded to Austin-East Magnet High School Monday afternoon after receiving reports of “a male subject who was possibly armed.” “Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired,” police said in a statement, adding that an officer was struck at least once during the incident. The officer was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Bureau of Investigation confirmed Monday evening that the student had been in a bathroom and refused to leave. “As officers entered the restroom, the subject reportedly fired shots, striking an officer. One officer returned fire. The subject was pronounced dead at the scene and has since been identified as a student,” authorities said.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said: “We have to be careful with our language... This wasn’t a school shooting. This was an officer-involved shooting inside a school.”