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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 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. 

The Knoxville Police Department originally tweeted that authorities were at the site of the shooting at the school and “multiple gunshot victims” were reported, “including a KPD officer.” 

A student and a police officer were shot at the school, a source with direct knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak told the Knoxville News Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. 

The officer who was shot is the school’s resource officer, and he was shot in the hip and is undergoing surgery, the source said. 

Bob Thomas, the superintendent of Knox County Schools, also tweeted that a shooting had occurred but the building was secured.

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