A campus police officer shot a knife-wielding 14-year-old student Wednesday during a confrontation witnessed by dozens of other students at a Nevada high school, according to authorities.
Reno Police Chief Jason Soto told reporters that the male student was taken to a hospital in critical condition after the shooting at Hug High School. He said the boy got into an altercation with a classmate and began threatening other students with a knife, NBC News reported.
A lockdown was lifted by mid-afternoon and students were released to their parents.
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David Houston, a lawyer for the family, told NBC News in a written statement there were still "many questions to be answered as to what happened and what could have been done to avoid the use of lethal force" during the incident.
"There are many questions that require answers," he added in the statement. "The family thanks all for their support and prayers. All matters will be fully investigated and all answers necessary sought out."
More than 40 students witnessed the incident, Reno Police Officer Tim Broadway said, including many who shot cellphone video.
"There's multiple videos out there," said department spokesman Broadway. "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."
Broadway said reports that another student had been stabbed before the shooting weren't true.
A student, Robert Barragan, told the Reno Gazette-Journal that two male students were fighting outside the school library before a police officer shot the knife-wielding student in the shoulder.
The shooting was reported about 11:30 a.m. at the school on the city's north side, a few blocks from U.S. Highway 395.
The district issued a statement before 1 p.m., calling the campus "currently stable and secure with heavy police presence."
Hug High opened in 1968 and is named for Proctor Ralph Hug Jr., a former teacher, athletic coach and Washoe County School superintendent who served as a state senator and a federal judge.