Man Fatally Stabs College Student on Ga. Campus

A former student has been arrested and charged for the attacks.

A man was arrested after police say he killed a student and injured a security officer during a stabbing spree on a Georgia university’s campus.

Joseph Anthony Scott, a 24-year-old former student at Fort Valley State University, used a pocket knife to attack the two victims around 5 p.m., according to ABC News.

Scott was allegedly harassing and groping a group of females outside the university’s cafeteria when freshman Donnell M. Phelps tried to intervene. After a brief struggle, Scott pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Phelps repeatedly.

Phelps, hoping to get help for his wounds, ran toward the campus infirmary before collapsing. He was later pronounced dead.

After attacking Phelps, Scott went to the security shack at the campus front entrance and knocked on the window. When Officer Ernest Johnson opened the door, Scott stabbed him multiple times.

An employee separated the two men and Scott was arrested immediately. Johnson was taken to a hospital, where officials say he is in stable condition.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident with university police. Police are seeking a murder warrant against Scott and are in the process of bringing charges of aggravated assault and possession of a knife during a crime. The two charges are felonies.

University President Paul Jones says grief counselors will be available on campus and the campus community will gather to mourn the loss of Phelps, who was an agriculture engineering technology student.

University Police Chief Kenneth Morgan says he was shocked by news of the incident. “This is an extremely safe campus,” Morgan says. “I’ve been here seven years and nothing of this magnitude has ever occurred since I’ve been here.”

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