MSU Shelter-in-Place Order Lifted, Suspect in Custody
Update 7/12 11:15 a.m.
From Montana State University officials on Friday:
Montana State University police said Friday that the man questioned in connection with the threats that prompted Thursday's shelter-in-place order was transported to Hope House for mental health evaluation.
The man was not arrested. No charges have been filed. His name has not been released.
MSU police Chief Frank Parrish said the man was cooperative after being taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and consented to searches of his home and vehicle. Officers found two weapons in the home, a loaded shotgun and a hunting rifle.
Update 7/11 2:30 p.m.
MSU Police Chief Frank Parrish tells local media that police received a report during the noon hour that a university employee was disgruntled because he was being terminated from his job. Police also received a report that the man was on campus and possibly armed.
Parrish says that a social media post made by the suspect earlier in the day indicated that he was suicidal and a threat to the public.
It was at this point that a shelter-in-place was issued shortly before 1:00 p.m.
Parrish says when the male suspect was located inside of a campus building a short time later he was taken into custody and he was not armed.
Police say that at some point during the situation the department believes that the man may have brought guns on campus, including two shotguns and a rifle, but authorities have not located any weapons.
Police located the suspect's car on campus and have impounded the vehicle.
Update 7/11 2:15 p.m.
MSU has now announced that the situation is clear. Again, this is a developing story and will be updated when university officials provide details.
Update 7/11 1:56 p.m.
MSU is telling parents and visitors not to approach campus. If not on campus, stay away from campus.
The Bozeman Police Department has officers on the scene to assist university police.
Original Story 7/11 1:10 pm.
Montana State University police issued a shelter-in-place notice shortly before 1:00 p.m., Thursday.
The notice instructed people on campus to seek shelter inside of a room with a locking door and to close windows and blinds.
The alert went on to instruct people on campus to stay in a secured space until further instructions become available.
This is a developing story.