A campus police officer shot and killed a student at Liberty University early Tuesday morning, after the student allegedly attacked the officer in a dorm, university officials announced.
The university, a private, Christian institution in Lynchburg, Va., released a statement Tuesday morning saying an altercation between a male student and a university Emergency Services Officer in a women's only dorm led to the shooting Monday night. In a subsequent statement, the university said the officer was attacked by a male student, who was later identified by Lynchburg police as 19-year-old Joshua Hathaway, of Lubbock, Texas.
The officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment, and was later released. The incident remains under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department.
"The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted," said university President Jerry Falwell, in a statement.
Despite the incident, the entire campus, including the resident hall in which the shooting took place, operated as normal on Tuesday.
According to a press release on the Lynchburg Police Department's Facebook page, the police department, as well as the city fire and emergency medical service departments, responded to a call for assistance just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.
"Preliminary investigation indicates that shots were fired by a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer during a physical altercation with a male student," the statement says. "This appears to be an isolated incident and there is not any ongoing concern for the safety of students or the community. We are not currently seeking any suspects in relation to this incident."
At least one student claims to have heard several gunshots Tuesday morning, according to the Lynchburg News and Advance.
Shaquille Cook said he heard "about six or seven gunshots" when he awoke shortly after 4 a.m.
"This is the last place I would ever imagine something like this would happen," Cook said.