CCSU campus lockdown ends with 3 in custody

UPDATE: 4:24 p.m.

A tense afternoon at a locked-down Central Connecticut State University campus in New Britain ended at 3:17 p.m. Monday with three people in custody and the sounding of an all-clear siren.

Police in tactical gear searched the campus in New Britain at midday in response to reports of a suspicious person, but a university spokeswoman said rumors of shots fired were false.

A “campus emergency” was declared just before noon as State Police, New Britain and campus police responded to the James Hall, one of the larger dorms on the campus. Police responded to campus after someone reported seeing a suspicious person on campus carrying a gun. Nearly three hours after the incident began, police were seen escorting one male in hancuffs away from the dorm.

“Remain inside buildings. Stay in buildings! Stay away from windows,” an emergency message on the school’s website during the lockdown read in bold red letters.

Janice Palmer, a spokeswoman for CCSU, said that a “campus emergency” involves anytime someone on campus has been threatened. She said there have been no reports of injuries.

During a press conference after the incident, police officials said that no weapons were found and no charges have been filed.

Follow CCSU’s official twitter page here for live information from the school.

The university also used Twitter to signal an end to the drama: “The sounds that you just heard was campus police indicating that the campus is ALL CLEAR #ccsu. You may now leave the buildings.”

Classes have been cancelled Monday.

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