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Officers responded to a report of a possible gunman at the school just before dismissal Monday afternoon, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said at a press conference that night, The Associated Press reported.

The student refused to comply with officers ordering him out of a bathroom, which led him to begin shooting at officers, who returned fire and ultimately killed him, said Rausch. It was not made clear whether he was the officer who fatally shot the student.

Key Takeaways:

  • A student opened fire on officers responding to a report of a possible gunman at a Tennessee high school Monday, and police shot back and killed him, authorities said.
  • The shooting is the latest blow to a community still reeling from off-campus gun violence that has left three other students from the high school dead this year.
  • It wasn’t yet clear why the student brought a gun to school or why he fired at officers. It was also not clear if Willson was the officer who shot the student.

"Police found the student in a bathroom and ordered him to come out, but he wouldn’t comply, Rausch said."

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