Florida Tech student chasing others with knife on campus shot, killed by officers, police say

Melbourne police, campus security responded to residence hall Friday night

Police: student armed with knife shot

MELBOURNE Fla. – A Florida Tech student attacked other students on campus with a knife before being fatally shot by officers Friday night, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

According to the department and Florida Tech’s Facebook page, police and campus security responded to a security threat at Roberts Hall at 10:49 p.m. in reference to a man reportedly armed with a knife and assaulting students.

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Investigators said they cornered the suspect in Roberts Hall where he lunged at an officer. Melbourne police said one MPD officer and a campus security officer shot at the suspect, striking him. Officials said they attempted life-saving measures, but the suspect died at the scene from his injuries.

The man was identified by police as Alhaji M. Sow, 18, a sophomore at FIT who studied aeronautical science, according to the university’s Facebook page.

The Melbourne officer sustained an injury during the confrontation, police said. Florida Tech said no one else was seriously injured and there is no further threat to the campus.

Campus officials issued a shelter in place warning that was eventually lifted. The university asked students to avoid Roberts Hall and Campbell Hall due to ongoing police activity.

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Florida Tech said on its Facebook page that its Student Life organization has arranged support services for students or other members of the university who may need it following the incident. An event that was scheduled Saturday, Test Fest, was canceled to accommodate these services, the university said.


About the Authors:

Amanda Castro, a proud UCF alum, joined the News 6 team in November 2015 and was promoted to weekend morning anchor in April 2016. Go Knights!

Brandon, a UCF grad, joined the ClickOrlando team in November 2021. Before joining News 6, Brandon worked at WDBO.