Cops: Teen Dead, Officer Injured in School Shooting

Knoxville police say one person has been detained
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2021 3:35 PM CDT
Updated Apr 12, 2021 5:38 PM CDT
Cops: Officer Among Multiple Victims in High School Shooting
The Knoxville Police Department tweeted this photo from the scene.   (Knoxville Police Department)

A teenage boy is dead and a police officer has been hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a school shooting, police in Knoxville say. The Knoxville Police Department tweeted that Monday afternoon that there were multiple gunshot victims reported at Austin-East Magnet High School. Police later confirmed the fatality and said one person had been taken into custody. A source tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that the wounded officer was the school's resource officer and was shot in the hip.

Police say they received a report of a "male subject who was possibly armed in the school" and shots were fired when they approached the person, WBIR reports. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon told reporters she had spoken with the injured officer and he was in good spirits. Police say four current or former Austin-East students, all of them 15 or 16 years old, have been shot dead in off-campus violence so far this year. (Read more Tennessee stories.)

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