A Liberty University male student who was allegedly engaged in an altercation with a university officer was shot and killed by that officer early Tuesday in the lobby of an all-female dorm

The student has not yet been identified.

Liberty University released a statement that reads:

"We have received reports that a Liberty University Emergency Services Officer was attacked by a male student in the lobby of a women's-only dorm early this morning. The student was shot and killed and the officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment. The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the matter and Liberty University is cooperating. President Jerry Falwell, Jr. issued the following statement: 'The Liberty University community is deeply saddened by this tragic event and is prayerfully supporting all those impacted.'"

The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the shooting, and it was unclear if the student was armed.