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Liberty Student Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

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Joshua Hathaway Joshua Hathaway

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WRIC)—A student was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Liberty University off-campus dorm Tuesday morning.

Around 4 a.m. on Nov. 19, an altercation occurred between a male student and a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer at Residential Annex II, a women's-only dormitory in the 3000 block of Odd Fellows Road. The officer fatally shot the student during the incident, which is now under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department.

The student has been identified as 19-year-old Joshua Hathaway of Lubbock, Texas.

Police warrants confirm that Hathaway attacked the officer with a hammer. After a struggle, the two separated before the officer fired two shots.

According to Officer Graves of the Lynchburg Police Department, Residential Annex II is located on Liberty University property, but the school's website has designated the Annex as off-campus housing.

Liberty University released a statement Tuesday morning saying, "The entire campus, including Annex I & II, are open and operating as normal. This appears to be an isolated incident and there is not any ongoing concern for the safety of students or the community."

President Jerry Falwell Jr. says the officer involved in the shooting will be relieved of duty pending an investigation.

Hathaway was honored as Salutatorian of Southcrest Christian School in May.  His high school career included basketball, band, many service projects and a GPA of 4.57.  Hathaway graduated with honors and was attending Liberty University on a full scholarship where he intended to study business.


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