(WASHINGTON POST) A 19-year-old Liberty University student was shot and killed early Tuesday at an off-campus women’s dormitory in a confrontation with a campus police officer. University officials said they had received reports that a male student attacked the officer with a sledgehammer in the dorm’s lobby.
Police in Lynchburg, Va., identified the dead student as Joshua Hathaway of Lubbock, Tex. In a warrant filed Tuesday, police said Hathaway approached a security officer and said that he had been robbed. When the officer began to investigate, Hathaway “pulled out a hammer from his clothing and assaulted the officer,” according to the warrant.
Police said the officer fired twice at Hathaway, hitting him at least once and killing him. The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment and was released.
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