M. Alex Johnson usnews.nbcnews.com A campus security officer shot and killed a male college student at an off-campus women's dormitory Tuesday in Lynchburg, Va., after the student attacked him with a hammer, authorities said. The student, identified as Joshua Hathaway, 19, of Lubbock, Texas, a freshman at Liberty University, told the security officer about 4:15 a.m. that someone had stolen his car, police said in a search warrant affidavit filed in Lynchburg District Court and provided by the university. For an unknown reason, Hathaway then "pulled out a hammer from his clothing and assaulted the officer" in the dormitory's lobby. The officer fired two shots in response, striking Hathaway at least once, according to the affidavit. The officer, who wasn't identified, was suspended pending the investigation, the university said. Police remained mystified by what could have precipitated the attack — especially since Hathaway's car was found in a parking lot just a short distance away, and particularly since he was in a women's dorm at a school that strictly bans students from entering residence halls of the opposite sex. According to the court affidavit, a roommate told investigators that Hathaway had been "displaying unusual behavior" and had run into classroom and financial problems. to read more click here: usnews.nbcnews.com
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