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Investigation into shooting death of Liberty University student continues

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 12 2013 11:38:05 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 11:39:24 AM EST
LYNCHBURG, Va. -

The circumstances around the shooting death of a Liberty University student are still being investigated, according to a joint news release issued by the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Lynchburg Police Department on Thursday.

19-year-old Joshua Hathaway was shot and killed by an armed security officer at an off-campus dorm on Nov. 20. Hathaway was from Texas.

Investigators say Hathaway attacked the security officer before the shooting. Evidence submitted to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and autopsy results have not been received back yet, according to the news release.

“We are mindful of the fact that the citizens of Lynchburg, members of the Liberty University community, and the friends and family of Mr. Hathaway are all anxious for additional information,” the news release states. “However, we would be remiss to release incomplete information or comment on an ongoing investigation before all the facts are available. Any death investigation is given the highest priority by our offices. We will make a public announcement as soon as possible, but not until all the facts are available and a fair, thorough, and accurate investigation is concluded.”

Here is the entire news release:

The Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Lynchburg Police Department are working together to investigate the death of Liberty University student Joshua Hathaway. Hathaway, 19, was shot on November 20 during an encounter with an armed security officer at an off-campus dormitory off Odd Fellows Road.

The complete investigation of any death takes time and typically necessitates an autopsy and forensic review of evidence. We have submitted evidence to the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and are awaiting test results. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy; with the inclusion of toxicology testing, autopsies can take weeks, and in some cases, months, to be finalized.

The investigation will not conclude until after the final autopsy report and other forensic analyses are complete and incorporated into the police reports. At that point, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will review the entire case and announce findings and conclusions.

We are mindful of the fact that the citizens of Lynchburg, members of the Liberty University community, and the friends and family of Mr. Hathaway are all anxious for additional information.

However, we would be remiss to release incomplete information or comment on an ongoing investigation before all the facts are available. Any death investigation is given the highest priority by our offices. We will make a public announcement as soon as possible, but not until all the facts are available and a fair, thorough, and accurate investigation is concluded.