Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a 14-year-old boy apparently brandishing a large knife was shot by a school police officer at a high school in Nevada. The boy, named locally as Logan Clark, is in critical condition in hospital following the shooting at Hug High in the north side of Reno on Wednesday 7th December.
Footage posted online and broadcast by Fox News shows students screaming and running away from the boy, wearing a blue t-shirt and white pants, "armed with at least one knife and threatening other students" according to Police Chief Jason Soto. Early reports said the boy had stabbed another student, but Officer Tim Broadway confirmed that this was not the case.
On the video the officer can be heard shouting at the youth to drop his knife, but he does not do so. The officer then shoots him once in the shoulder. School officials can be heard shouting at students to leave the scene.
"Once the threat was stopped, the officer immediately began to provide medical aid to the student until emergency medical assistance arrived," said Chief Soto. The officer involved is on paid administrative leave.
Logan was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center for treatment. The school was in lockdown but students returned in the afternoon. Police urged any students with video footage to hand them in. Logan's father, Justin Clark, was reported in local media as saying the family is being represented by a Reno attorney in connection with the shooting.
Defending his son, Justin Clark reportedly posted on Facebook: "To idiots that think Logan was wrong know he was being bullied he is not the kind to back down. He brought the knives because he was gonna b jumped and he was the school knew of this and failed to act."
Hug High student Jiselle Mandugano, 17, told the Reno Gazette-Journal she witnessed the incident, which began as a dispute between two boys outside the library. Then one pulled out a knife and began swinging it around. "The other kid tried to avoid it," said Mandugano. "I didn't see him get shot. I just saw him fall to the floor. I was scared. I don't know what I was feeling."