Jill Nance - The News & Advance / AP
Liberty University students watch as police investigate a fatal shooting at an off-campus women's dormitory in Lynchburg, Va.
A campus security officer shot and killed a male college student at an off-campus women's dormitory Tuesday in Lynchburg, Va., after the student attacked him with a hammer, authorities said.
The student, identified as Joshua Hathaway, 19, of Lubbock, Texas, a freshman at Liberty University, told the security officer about 4:15 a.m.
Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News
A campus police officer at Liberty University in Virginia shot and killed a male student during a confrontation early Tuesday, according to the Lynchburg Police Department.
A preliminary investigation of the incident shows that "shots were fired by a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer during a physical altercation with a male student," city police spokesman Lt. Dave Gearhart said in a statement.
The identity of the slain student was not released Tuesday morning "pending next of kin notification," Gearhart said.