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Officer Shoots Knife-Wielding Student During Fight (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante

A knife-wielding high school student who was fighting a classmate was shot by a campus police officer in Nevada (video below).

The incident occurred at Procter R. Hug High School at around 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, the Daily Mail reported. A 14-year-old student, who was fighting another student, pulled out a knife and was shot by a campus police officer.

Police Chief Jason Soto told reporters during a news conference that the student was "armed with at least one knife and threatening other students."

Soto said the officer verbally instructed the student to put his knife down, but the student did not comply. That's when the officer fired his weapon, "striking the student and ... stopping the threat."

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"Once the threat was stopped, the officer immediately began to provide medical aid to the student until emergency medical assistance arrived," Soto said.

Washoe County School District spokesman Riley Sutton said in a statement that the school was put in "code red" lockdown mode, but added that the scene was considered stable and secure.

The student who was shot was later identified as Logan Clark by his father, Justin Clark, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Logan was taken to a Reno hospital, Soto said. He remains in critical condition.

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Robert Barragan, a freshman at the high school, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that an officer had shot a student in the shoulder after he pulled a knife out and stabbed a classmate during an altercation outside of the school library.

However, there were no reported injuries other than the student who was shot. The officer who shot Logan has been placed on routine paid administrative leave, Reno police officer Tim Broadway told reporters. His name has not been released at this time.

Broadway added that more than 40 students witnessed the altercation.

"There's multiple videos out there," Broadway said. "There's some very disturbing video out there. But there are other events that led up to this incident, so please don't react to those."

Procter R. Hug High School will resume classes on Dec. 8.

"Counselors will be available for any student or staff member who needs assistance," School Superintendent Traci Davis said in a statement.

Sources: Daily MailReno Gazette-Journal / Photo credit: Special_ed775/Twitter via Daily Mail

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