Student hospitalized after officer-involved shooting at Reno's Hug High School
RPD Officer Tim Broadway tells News 4-Fox 11 the shooting happened at about 11:30 a.m. when a disturbance was reported on the Hug High campus. Broadway confirms that one student was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound after the WCSD officer opened fire.
At a press conference Wednesday night, Reno Police Chief Jason Soto said two students became involved in an altercation on campus. At some point, a 14-year-old male armed himself with at least one knife.
A district officer was in the area and gave verbal commands to the student to drop the knife, Soto said. He did not follow those commands, and the officer shot him.
The officer later performed first-aid, and the student is being treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital, where he has been listed in critical condition.
About 40 students witnessed the ordeal, Broadway said. No other students or officers reported any injuries, he said in a statement later Wednesday. The officer who fired the shots will be placed on paid administrative leave as part of school district police department policy.
The Reno Police Department is investigating the shooting as part of the regional officer-involved shooting protocol. Sparks Police and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office will assist as needed.
School District Superintendent Traci Davis said in a statement late Wednesday afternoon that detectives do not believe there is an ongoing threat.
"The Washoe County School District is committed to cooperating fully with the ongoing police investigation into the factors that led to this incident," Davis said. "Our hearts go out to the students, staff, families impacted, and we stand ready to assist them in any way needed."
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said on Twitter: "My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tragic incident at Hug High School. My heart goes out to the Hug High School family."
Police Chief Jason Soto will hold a press conference at 6 p.m. at the department "to discuss additional details related to the" shooting, Broadway said in an email.
Students are were released to their parents starting at 1:50 p.m.
Grief counselors will be available at school for students impacted.
Hug High School will be open for class on Thursday, Dec. 8, a Washoe County School District official told News 4-Fox 11's Ben Margiott
James Wright, director of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, told The Associated Press authorities are looking for a second teenager who might have been involved in an initial confrontation. The involvement of a second person has not been confirmed, however.
A spokeswoman for DPS later clarified to News 4-Fox 11 that Wright was "passing on" information from Reno Police, and that further questions should be directed to the police department.
There are multiple photos and videos of the incident circulating on social media. RPD asks anyone with such video or photos to contact Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
Stay with News 4-Fox 11 for more on this developing story.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.