University Police Officer Fatally Shoots Ax-Wielding Student

December 14, 2015

A University of North Texas police officer fatally shot a student who we reportedly wielding an ax early Sunday. A statement from Neal Smatresk, the university's president, said the shooting took place when officers responded to a report that someone was knocking out car windows. The officer who shot the student said the student (not at the time known to be a student) "advanced on the officer" while wielding the ax. Smatresk's statement called the incident "tragic" and said the officer has been placed on administrative duty, pending an investigation.

The university statement did not identify the student, but The Dallas Morning News reported that he was Ryan McMillan, who turned 21 on Saturday.

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