- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

LITTLEFIELD, Texas (AP) - Police in West Texas have fatally shot a student suspected of stabbing three people at a community center, including his teacher.

The incident happened about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Our Place Community Center in Littlefield, Texas. Angel Uolla, 18, was taking instruction for his high school equivalency certificate when he repeatedly stabbed his teacher, Norma Jean Bartley, 75, and slashed at two others, according to a statement from the Littlefield Police Department.

After a brief foot pursuit, a Littlefield police officer fatally shot the attacker after he refused to drop his knife and threatened the officer, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Bartley was airlifted in critical condition to University Medical Center in Lubbock, 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Littlefield, a town of about 6,000 residents. Two others were transported to Lamb Healthcare Center in Littlefield: Oneida Lopez, 38, with multiple stab wounds and Mary Lupe Garcia, 58, who was suffering from shock. A hospital administrator declined to release their conditions.

Omar Flores, 18, declined medical treatment at the scene for a neck laceration.

The Littlefield Police Department is investigating the stabbings, while the Texas DPS is investigating the police shooting.

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