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UPDATE: Family says teen shot in Reno was defending himself against bullies

Posted at 2:32 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 02:28:39-05

UPDATE: The father of the teen shot says the incident was a misunderstanding. He says his son is special needs and was defending himself against bullies.

The family says that school officials were aware of the bullying but did nothing to stop it.

The father has now hired a prominent attorney. The lawyer says the teen could lose a lung and suffer brain damage after the shooting.

RENO, Nev. (AP/KTNV) -- Reno police say Hug High School was locked down Wednesday morning as officers responded to reports of a shooting.
Reno Police Chief Jason Soto confirmed at a news conference Wednesday night that a school district officer shot the 14-year-old boy after he failed to follow the officer's commands during the confrontation.
Soto said when Reno officers arrived at the high school at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday they discovered the student had been armed with at least one knife and had threatened other students minutes earlier.
The teen is at the hospital in critical condition with a shoulder wound.
Reno police tweeted at about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday that officers were securing the scene after reports of shots fired at the school on the north side of town.
Washoe County School District spokeswoman Megan Downs told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the school was on code red lockdown.