A student carrying a knife at Hug High School was shot by a Washoe County School District police officer Wednesday morning, with the campus implementing immediate lockdown, RadarOnline.com has learned.
The 14-year-old student has yet to be identified, but authorities confirmed he is currently in critical condition at a local hospital.
Tim Broadway, the Reno police spokesman, announced that the officer who shot the student had been placed on paid administrative leave.
“A student is in the hospital, and a thorough investigation is underway,” said the district in a statement, adding that the FBI had been called to assist in the investigation.
According to Reno Police Chief Jason Soto, the incident began at 11:25 a.m. PT when two students began fighting. One of the students drew a knife and tried to attack others, lunging at fellow students.
Later, a school police officer ordered the teen to drop the knife, Soto said, but when the student didn't cooperate, the officer shot him and called for medical assistance.
Meanwhile, many students captured the incident on video, posting it to social media.
In one video, the boy is seen wielding his knife, with a male voice shouting "Back up, back up!" off camera.
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