DENVER (KDVR) — Two adult faculty members at Denver East High School were shot Wednesday morning while searching a student who attended the school.
According to Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas, the student, identified as 17-year-old Austin Lyle, was being searched as part of a safety plan.
A source with connections to the district told FOX31 this safety plan was in effect because Lyle had previously been expelled from another district.
A spokesperson from the Cherry Creek Schools district told FOX31 that Lyle was “disciplined for violations of board policy and was removed from Overland High School.”
During the search, DPD says a handgun was found and at that point, shots were fired. Lyle then ran away from the scene.
According to the source, this search was not conducted by the usual faculty member.
The two faculty members who were injured were taken to the hospital. One victim was treated and released, while the other required surgery and remained in the hospital.
Police believed Lyle was associated with a 2005 red Volvo XC90 with Colorado license plates BSCW10. That vehicle was located in Park County and the sheriff said a body was found near the car.
The Park County Coroner’s Office positively identified the body as Austin Lyle.