Police Detain Suspect Who Makes Threats, Causes Lockdowns At Springfield Colleges
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UPDATE: Drury Say Incidents Do Not Appear To Be Related
In a release to students Drury says "It appears that the incident involving a Drury student and two individuals in a green sedan, who the student says pointed a gun at him, was over a parking dispute."
"Springfield police confirm that the situation at Drury had no connection to the individual Dustin Leer."
Suspect In Custody, Business As Usual For Area Colleges
Springfield Police say via their official Twitter feed that the person who made the threats has been detained.
Police say "this subject was said to be mentally disturbed and has made similar threats in the past."
Drury University tells KTTS News at the scene they never went into a lockdown however did evaluate the Trustee Science Center as a precaution.
Drury identified the suspect as Dustin Leer in an alert sent to students and staff.
OTC as well as Evangel University both went into a lockdown, telling students to take shelter via text alerts, e-mails, and social media.
Drury University says class will be in session as normal Wednesday night. Other schools also lifted their lockdowns after police said they had a suspect detained.
We will continue to bring you updates as this developing story unfolds.
Evangel Locksdown Campus As Precaution
Evangel University’s Department of Public Safety received a message early this afternoon from the Springfield Police Department’s 911 Call Center about a possible threat to an unspecified college campus in the Springfield area.
The report from the SPD had originated from a Homeland Security tip. The original threat was reportedly made at the Springfield Social Security office.
“Due to the report of a possible threat, and Evangel’s priority of keeping our campus safe, the decision was made to put the Evangel University campus on lockdown,” said Paul K. Logsdon, spokesman for the university.
“A Red Alert message was sent to students, faculty and staff via text, voicemail and email.” Notification was also placed on Evangel’s website and official Twitter account.
Shortly thereafter, Public Safety was notified by SPD dispatch that the person in question had been detained, and the threat was no longer in effect. Evangel University used its intercom system to notify the campus community that the lockdown was lifted, the threat had been accounted for, and the Evangel campus could return to normal operation.
Drury University has issued a campus safety alert (below) after threats made by someone to harm multiple people.
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Original Drury Security Alert:
Security department has just received information from the 911 Emergency Center, who was contacted by Homeland Security, there has been a threat made by an individual around 35 years of age, to go onto a Springfield college campus and start shooting. The Social Security Office in Springfield has also received threats from this individual that he was going to “kill everyone” and a Springfield judge has been threatened.
Approximately 12:45 pm Security received a report from a student there were two W/M’s, one heavy and one skinny with a shaved head who pointed what appeared to be a gun at them around the Trustee Science Center. Springfield Police has been contacted. This email is a precautionary measure so please be aware of your surroundings and be cautious. I will forward any more information as we receive it.