Austin ISD officer shot at Northeast ECHS

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The hunt is on for the gunman who ambushed a school police officer in Austin, shooting him in the leg. It happened while the officer was on routine patrol outside the Northeast Early College High School in Austin. School Police Chief Wayne Sneed says the gunman took off and has not been seen since. The seemingly random attack sent the campus into lockdown for awhile. The officer, who is a sergeant, is in stable condition.

“Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of the Austin ISD police officer who was shot near Northeast Early College High School today," said Governor Greg Abbott. "Our ISD police officers play a critical role in keeping Texas students and school faculty safe. The State of Texas is offering all available resources to local law enforcement partners who are working to ensure this dangerous criminal is caught and brought to justice. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in praying for the officer's swift recovery and the entire Northeast Early College High School community.”

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