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School police shoot at speeding car inside Western High School parking lot, body camera video shows

First officer-involved shooting for CCSD police since 2005
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Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-05 14:31:22-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County School District Police Department shared an update on Tuesday regarding a shooting on March 29 involving an officer near Western High School.

School police officers responded to reports of a fight and a possible weapon inside a car in the parking lot on the east side of the campus around 2:15 p.m., just as the school day ended.

Police say a car full of minors — none of whom are enrolled at the school — was driving around 22 miles per hour in the lot, which has a speed limit of 5 mph, and hit a student as officers tried to stop it.

That student was not seriously hurt and not hospitalized, authorities said.

Watch the police update and view the body camera footage below:

CCSDPD Lt. Bryan Zink says around 300 students enter that parking lot at the end of the school day.

Officer Christopher Knight, employed with CCSDPD for nearly two years, fired three shots "fearing for his safety, the safety of students and his partner," said Zink.

The car sped out of the parking lot and headed eastbound on Bonanza Road, police say.

After the shooting, the driver dropped off a female passenger with her parents who brought her to the hospital, and then drove himself to University Medical Center.

Both suffered minor injuries and two other passengers in the back seat were not injured, Zink said.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Police investigate shooting near Western High School

Investigators found a firearm in the car.

The minors in the car told investigators they were at the school to visit some friends.

Zink says there had been some "trash talk" on social media and the group was at the school for that reason. He went on to say there was a report of a fight on campus involving the same car earlier, and that the minors left and came back moments before the shooting occurred.

The driver was booked into Juvenile Detention Center and charged with battery with a deadly weapon, possession with a dangerous weapon on school property and disregard for public safety.

This is the first shooting involving a CCSDPD officer since 2005, the department says.