POLICE: student killed identified as 18-year-old FIT student Alhaji M. Sow
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne police and Florida Institute of Technology security officers shot and killed a student armed with a knife during an incident on the FIT campus on Friday night at 10:49 p.m.
According to Florida Tech officials, the student killed was identified as 18-year-old FIT student Alhaji M. Sow, a Florida Tech sophomore studying aeronautical science from Riverdale, GA.
“This is an isolated incident and there is no indication there are threats at the university,” said FIT officials.
Melbourne Police Commander Health Sanders said the incident began when officers responded to the Florida Institute of Technology campus in response to a man reported to be armed with a knife and assaulting students.
“FIT security also responded and learned the male went into a campus building,” said Commander Sanders.
“Melbourne officers and FIT security entered the building and confronted the male who was armed with an edged weapon. During the confrontation the male lunged at the police officer with the weapon, resulting in the Melbourne police officer and FIT security officer both discharging their firearms striking the male. Officers attempted life saving measures, however, the male succumbed to his injuries on scene.”
Commander Sanders said the Melbourne police officer is a 5-year veteran of the department and sustained an injury during the confrontation.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the officer involved shooting.
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