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Liberty student attacked officer with hammer, before he was shot, killed

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LYNCHBURG, VA (WWBT) -

Liberty University released search warrants showing a student tried to attack a security guard with a hammer, before he was shot and killed.

Police have identified the student as 19-year-old Joshua Hathaway of Lubbock, Texas.

Police say Hathaway got in a fight with a Liberty University Emergency Services officer at an all-women's residential hall. The officer then shot the student at Residential Annex II, near Odd Fellows Road in Lynchburg.

Hathaway was pronounced dead, while the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment and was later released.

The entire campus, including Annex I & II, is open and operating as normal, officials said. The university believes this is an isolated incident and there is not any ongoing concern for the safety of students or the community.

"The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted," said President Jerry Falwell, Jr. in a written statement.

Hathaway was honored as the Southcrest Christian School Salutatorian at its graduation ceremony in May. He played basketball, was in the band, and completed many service projects, while earning distinction as an excellent student with a GPA of 4.57.  

Hathaway graduated with honors and attended Liberty University on a full scholarship to study business.  

Liberty is a private, Christian university with more than 12,000 students on campus. It was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell.

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