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Florida college student dies after clash with police officers


Reports indicate that the 18-year-old, who was attending the Florida Institute of Technology, threatened his colleagues with a knife. Then the authorities intervened.

An 18-year-old college student died Friday after a clash with police at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne.

Authorities arrived at the scene after the young man identified as Alhaji Sow allegedly threatened other students with a knife.

Sow was a student of aeronautical sciences.

He is believed to have entered one of the campus buildings with a "sharp weapon," according to authorities.

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The incident began at Roberts Hall, a residence for freshmen, according to members of the institution's staff quoted by ABC.

As soon as security personnel became aware of the incident, Sow "pounced" on a police officer with the knife, forcing the officer and security guard to fire the firearms, police said.

Authorities say they tried to keep the student alive after he was shot but were unsuccessful.

The Melbourne police officer who was involved in the incident was injured.

The shooting was an "isolated incident" and there are no further threats to the campus, police and school authorities said.

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Through its social networks, the university communicated with the students and warned them of the emergency at its facilities.

The institution also reported that it will offer psychological assistance to those who require it.

According to a police statement, the incident continues to be investigated.

With information from EFE

Source: telemundo

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