Police: Student stabs, critically wounds teacher

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LITTLEFIELD, Texas (AP) _ Authorities say a teenager stabbed his teacher and two other people at a community center in West Texas before he was fatally shot by police.

The incident happened Wednesday morning at the Our Place Community Center in Littlefield, a small city about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Lubbock.

Local police say 18-year-old Angel Uolla was taking classes for his high school equivalency certificate when he attacked his 75-year-old teacher, Norma Jean Bartley, and two other people.

Police say Bartley was airlifted in critical condition to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Two others were transported to Lamb Healthcare Center in Littlefield, one with stab wounds and one suffering from shock. A hospital administrator declined to release their conditions. Police say the third stabbing victim suffered a neck laceration but declined medical treatment.

Police haven’t released a possible motive in the attack.


2:45 p.m.

Police in West Texas have fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing three people at a community center.

Littlefield police say an officer shot and killed the suspect Wednesday after he refused commands to drop the knife and allegedly tried to attack officers.

Police in Littlefield, a town of about 6,000 located 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Lubbock, didn’t immediately release the suspect’s name or a possible motive for the stabbings.

Authorities say all three victims were being treated at a hospital. Further details on them weren’t released.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the incident began around 9 a.m. Wednesday. Arriving police officers saw the suspect run from the center and confronted him two blocks away. DPS says a knife allegedly used in the stabbings was recovered.

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