A COP is recovering from surgery after allegedly being shot by a teen who died in a shootout.

KPD Officer Adam Willson was injured in the shooting at the Knoxville school on Monday afternoon was hit in the leg.

The police department confirmed that the 20-year veteran is recovering from surgery following yesterday's injuries.

Willson was serving as the School Resource Officer at Austin-East high school when a shooting took place that left a student dead.

The student was identified as the suspect who was fatally shot after wounding the cop in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) confirmed that Knoxville Police received reports of an individual possibly armed with a gun at the school around 3.15pm.

When they arrived, they found the suspect in a bathroom and attempted to order him out. The suspect fired as officers tried to enter the room, striking one officer.

Another officer returned fire, according to TBI, and the male suspect — who has not been named yet — was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another male at the scene was detained for further questioning, according to police.

The officer who was struck was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment.

Cops and emergency workers rushed to the scene around 3.15pm and blocked off access to the school.

Bob Thomas, the superintendent of Knox County Schools, confirmed a shooting had occurred but the building had been secured around 5pm.

"The school building has been secured and students who were not involved in the incident have been released to their families," Thomas said.

He added that authorities were gathering information and about "this tragic situation" and that additional information would be provided later.

Three helicopters were on the scene shortly after the shooting, and local reporters said that there was a large police presence, with officers confirming that multiple agencies were at the location.

Video showed one witness being taken away by officers for questioning but TBI said no arrests were made and no other students were detained.

Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie spoke to WVLT and said: "I’m walking up to the scene now, all I can say is pray."

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee was in the middle of an address when he heard the news about the shooting, and asked all those watching to pray for the victims.

Shortly after reports of the shooting began circulating Monday afternoon, Knoxville Police Department confirmed that, "Multiple agencies are on the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School.

"Multiple gunshot victims reported, including a KPD officer. The investigation remains active at this time. Please avoid the area."

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