Crime Florida police kill student who lunged at officer with ‘edged weapon’
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An 18-year-old sophomore at Florida Institute of Technology was shot and killed by police Friday after he lunched at an officer with an “edged weapon,” police said.
According to a news release, just before 11 p.m. Melbourne police officers responded to a report that a male, who was reportedly armed with a knife, had been “assaulting students.”
College security reported that the suspect, who was later identified as 18-year-old Alhaji M. Sow, of Riverdale, Ga., had entered into a campus building.
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(File) A Clayton County teen who was a student at the Florida Institute of Technology was shot and killed on campus by police.
When officers entered the building to confront Sow, he lunged at an officer with an “edged weapon,” causing the officer and a school security guard to fatally shoot him, the release said.
Officers attempted life-saving measures at the scene, but “the male succumbed to his injuries,” police said.
The officer, who was described as a “five-year veteran of the department,” sustained an injury during the confrontation.
According to, Sow was a sophomore from Riverdale, Ga., who was studying aeronautical science,
Dwayne McCay, the school’s president and CEO, said in a Facebook post that counseling and support services will “continue to be available for the entire campus community in the coming days.”
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The family of a Florida Tech student who was fatally shot on campus last week by police and school security officers is investigating the deadly use of force. Police responded to the Melbourne campus shortly before 11 p.m. Friday after reports of a man armed with a knife attacking students.