(RNS) A Liberty University student was shot and killed by a campus officer during a shooting at a Liberty woman’s dorm Tuesday (Nov. 19) morning.
Shortly before 4:15 a.m, the student and the LU official were engaged in a “physical altercation,” according to the local newspaper.
Police declined to identify the student pending notification of the family. Police plan to continue to investigate the shooting, as more information will be released this afternoon.
“The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment,” Liberty said in a statement.
Liberty has provided the following statement:
“Liberty University confirms initial reports that there was an altercation between a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer and a male student that led to a shooting last night at a women’s-only residential hall (Residential Annex II) that is under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department. The entire campus, including Annex I & II, are open and operating as normal.”
The all-women’s dorm is off campus. One student estimated that the dorm is five floors and holds about 200 students.
Earlier this year, Liberty’s board of trustees approved a new policy allowing students and faculty members with permits to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Liberty, the nation’s largest private Christian university, was founded by the Rev. Jerry Falwell Jr. is based in Lynchburg, Va. It describes itself as the largest university in Virginia, with more than 100,000 residential and online students.
“The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted,” Falwell said in a statement.