Louisiana Tech student arrested following stabbing incident on campus
RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - Louisiana Tech University student Jacoby Johnson was arrested on campus following a stabbing incident that happened shortly after 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. According to authorities, Johnson has been taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and has been charged with four counts of attempted second-degree murder.
University President Les Guice sent the following statements to students, faculty and staff:
As you are aware, there was a horrific incident this morning outside of Lambright Sports and Wellness Center. Our Tech Police responded rapidly and quickly apprehended the suspect. There is no continuing threat to campus. We are so appreciative of Chief Hermes and his officers for their service as well as the assistance of Ruston Police Department, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ruston Fire Department, and Pafford EMS.
In the wake of this unsettling incident, our hearts go out to those impacted directly. Our immediate focus is on those affected by today's violence.
While we're grateful for the timely care being provided to the victims, we understand the shock and worry that may linger on campus and in the community. The University will continue to make safety a priority. Please know that you can and should be willing to give and receive compassion and support as needed during this time. I encourage you to rely on the bonds of the Tech community as we grieve and heal.
Counseling Services are available to students individually and in a group setting at no charge.
Appointments can be made by visiting Keeny Hall 310, calling 318.257.2488, or through the website at https://www.latech.edu/counseling-services/
According to Louisiana Tech police, four victims were attacked by Johnson as they were leaving Lambright Sports and Wellness Center. Johnson fled toward the main campus and was arrested by campus police without incident.
One of the four victims is being treated at a local hospital in critical condition. Two other victims are in serious but stable condition, according to officials. One victim is a graduate student and the other three are non-students.
Louisiana Tech officials say Johnson was transferred to a local hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained during the incident.
Counseling services are available at no charge to students who wish to receive them, according to university officials. Appointments can be made by visiting Keeny Hall 310, calling 318-257-2488, or by visiting the counseling services website.
Louisiana Tech says a special group offering will be held throughout the week to offer students a space to process their emotions following the stabbing incident.
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