Liberty University student shot, killed by campus officer amid 'altercation'

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Joshua Hathaway, 19, of Lubbock, TX was killed following a “physical altercation” with an LU police officer in an off-campus women’s dorm, said Lt. Dave Gearhart, of the Lynchburg Police Department.


LibertyUniversity will host a news conference at 3:45 p.m. today to provide more details on the Tuesday morning incident.

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A 19-year-old at Virginia's Liberty University has been identified as the student shot dead by a school police officer after allegedly attacking the officer with a hammer in an off-campus dormitory.

Joshua Hathaway from Lubbock, Texas, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a Liberty University Emergency Services officer in Lynchburg, WDBJ7 reported.

According to a search warrant obtained by the station, Hathaway told a security officer that he had been robbed and his vehicle stolen around 4 a.m.

During his report in the lobby of a “women’s-only” dormitory, he allegedly pulled a hammer out of his clothing and assaulted the officer.


After a brief struggle, the officer fired his weapon twice at Hathaway, hitting him at least once.