Two officers killed in Virginia Bridgewater College shooting
A suspected ‘active shooter’ was arrested at Bridgewater College. Police took one person into custody at Bridgewater Faculty in Bridgewater, Virginia, carrying out a shooting that is deadly on Tuesday afternoon.
🚨#UPDATE: Other than the emergency crews, the campus of #Bridgewater College is completely quiet. #Virginia pic.twitter.com/4Ha0l5WTwa
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Bridgewater College Updates:
The officers shot when you look at the incident were identified as Campus Police Officer John Painter and Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson. In a letter emailed to staff and pupils, Bridgewater’s President confirmed that both have succumbed to their injuries.
Bridgewater College confirms Campus Safety Officer J.J. Jefferson and Campus Police Officer John Painter "were shot and killed on campus while protecting us."
"These officers were close friends, known to many of us as the 'dynamic duo.'" Updates on https://t.co/I6lH1vwEog pic.twitter.com/8xXLU4KDp9
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The college announced that a shooter that is“active had been reported on campus around 1:24 pm. Law enforcement rapidly arrived, because the faculty instructed students to “shelter in place,” warning that “this is certainly not a test.”
Around one hour following the first reports, the faculty announced this one individual have been taken into police custody. An image taken by a local reporter on the scene revealed ten officers arresting the suspect at gunpoint.
After the arrest, the college described the situation as “ongoing,” and students were urged to continue sheltering as authorities continued their security checks through numerous university buildings for another hour until a final “all clear” notification had been given. Even though the college performed not provide any given info on the individual taken into custody, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin identified them as “the shooter,” saying that he was briefed in the scenario.
Today our campus community experienced the tragedy that is unspeakable. Two members of the Bridgewater College family were senselessly and violently taken from us… shot and killed on campus while protecting us
said Bridgewater College President David Bushman inside a page to students, faculty, and staff.