By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

A police officer was stabbed in the leg and a 15-year-old student was taken into custody Friday following a fight at Ellison High School in Killeen.

The Killeen Independent School District police officer, identifed by the district only as a "senior officer," was transported by a Killeen Fire Department ambulance to Darnall Trauma Hospital on Fort Hood, where he underwent surgery.

A statement issued by the school district said the stab wound hit an artery.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said the officer "lost a lot of blood."

Police said the officer was in stable condition at a local hospital and was to be held overnight for observation. He is scheduled to be released today, according to the police.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, an Ellison assistant principal observed a fight between two students in the bus loop behind the school and called for a KISD police officer, said Smith, noting that school district police are leading the investigation and city police are assisting.

While breaking up the fight, the police officer was stabbed in the leg with a pair of scissors, Smith said.

When the officer called for an ambulance, both school and city officers responded, KISD spokesman Bob Massey said.

The 15-year-old student was taken into custody and transported to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center in Killeen.

Police were still looking for the other person involved in the fight Friday, Smith said.

Contact Jimmie Ferguson at jferguson@kdhnews.com

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