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Search Warrant Reveals Details in Events That Led to the Fatal Shooting of LU Student

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Lynchburg, VA – New details involving the shooting of a Liberty University student have been released from a search warrant obtained by ABC 13.

Lieutenant Dave Gearhart with Lynchburg Police says the altercation happened around 4 a.m. in the lobby of Residential Annex 2 located just off Odd Fellows Road.

Joshua Hathaway, 19, of Lubbock, Texas was shot and killed.

According to the warrant, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Hathaway approached a Liberty University security officer at the residential Annex Hall located at 3121 Langford Drive.

Hathaway, an LU student, told the security officer that he had been robbed and someone stole his vehicle.

The security officer began to investigate the complaint, but Hathaway pulled out a hammer and assaulted the officer.

A struggle began between Hathaway and the security officer and at some point, there was a separation, and the officer fired two rounds at Hathaway.

Hathaway was struck by at least one projectile and died of gunshot wounds.

Hathaway's vehicle was later found in parking lot of 3121 Langford Drive.

Detectives verified with LU that Joshua Hathaway resides at the LU Residential Annex on Odd Fellows Road, and LU confirmed that Hathaway lives there. Investigators are now conducting search of Hathaway's property

In the search, detectives are looking at any and all records to include but not limited to card swipes, and access card swipes.

Lynchburg Police are calling the incident forced entry.

LPD officers were called to the Liberty University dormitory located 3.4 miles from Liberty University's main campus at 4:07 a.m.

The call, one for backup, after an officer-involved shooting.

"Shots were fired by a Liberty University emergency services officer during a physical altercation with a male student," Gearhart said.

 

Just hours after the incident, students were allowed to come and go from the dorm as they pleased: a sign the threat was over.

"This appears to be an isolated incident, and there is not any ongoing concern for the safety of the students, or the community. We are not currently seeking and suspects in relation to this incident," Gearhart said.

Some students in the dorm say they didn't hear anything, but some students in the dorm across the street say they heard everything."

"I just kept hearing constant bangs, around six or seven bangs and I didn't know what it was," said LU student Shaquille Cook.

Liberty student Shaquille Cook lives in Residential Annex 1, just across the road from the scene of the shooting.

"And then about five minutes after that I heard police sirens, a whole lot of them," Cook said.

Nearly nine hours later, officials were wrapping up the crime scene, as a campus begins to mourn the loss of one of its students, and wait for answers as to what happened.

 

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