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'Another horrific act of gun violence': One dead, officer injured in high school shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Police work in the area of Austin-East Magnet High School after a reported shooting April 12, 2021.

One person was killed and a police officer was injured when gunfire erupted Monday at a high school in Knoxville in eastern Tennessee, officials said.

Police officers were responding to reports of a possible armed man when a confrontation occurred at Austin-East Magnet High School, authorities said.

No one else was killed or wounded, police said, adding that the scene had been secured at the school. Authorities said only that a male was deceased and another person was detained. 

Police said they responded to the school around 3:15 p.m. when they encountered a male with a gun. “Upon approach of the subject, shots were fired,” Knoxville Police Department posted on Facebook. “A Knoxville Police officer was struck at least one time and transported to the hospital with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening.”

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