Melbourne police, campus security responded to residence hall Friday night
MELBOURNE Fla. – An incident at a Florida Tech residence hall ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting Friday night.
According to the Melbourne Police Department and Florida Tech’s Facebook page, police and campus security responded to a security threat at Roberts Hall at 10:49 p.m. in reference to a male reportedly armed with a knife and assaulting students.
Investigators said they cornered the suspect in Roberts Hall where he lunged at an officer. Melbourne police said one MPD officer and a campus security officer shot at the suspect, striking him. Officials said they attempted life saving measures, but the suspect died at the scene from his injuries.
The man was identified as Alhaji M. Sow, 18, a current FIT student from Georgia.
The Melbourne officer sustained an injury during the confrontation, police said. Florida Tech said no one else was seriously injured and there is no further threat to the campus.
Campus officials issued a shelter in place warning that was eventually lifted. The university asked students to avoid Roberts Hall and Campbell Hall due to ongoing police activity.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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