Knoxville authorities are asking the public to avoid the area as the investigation remains active

By Harriet Sokmensuer
April 12, 2021 04:35 PM
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Austin-East Magnet High School shooting
Austin-East Magnet High School
| Credit: Knoxville Police/Twitter

One person is dead and a police officer is injured after a shooting at a Knoxville, Tenn., high school, according to the city's police department.

On Monday afternoon, the KPD tweeted that officers responded to reports of a male subject who was possibly armed at Austin-East High School.

When officers arrived at the school, they found the suspect in a restroom, according to a press release issued Monday afternoon. He refused to come out of the restroom, and reportedly fired shots when officers entered, hitting one officer.

Police returned fire, and the subject — who has since been identified as a student — was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

The injured officer was struck at least once and transported to UT Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

There are no other known victims.

Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area as the investigation remains active. Minutes after police's initial tweet announcing the incident, Knox County Schools Superintendent Bob Thomas confirmed that the school had been secured secured.

As part of officer-involved shooting protocol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will lead the investigation.