LSU returns to normal after reported possible ‘armed intruder’ on campus


TAMPA (WFLA/AP) – A possible “armed intruder” was reported Tuesday on the campus of Louisiana State University following a tweet warning students to “run, hide or fight” before university police issued an all-clear announcement about two hours later.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says a shelter-in-place order is over and authorities have determined there was no threat. He says the university is returning to normal operations after police conducted a room-by-room search of Coates Hall and found no threat.

Ballard says LSU officials were aware of a plainclothes police officer who had a visible gun on his belt and was in the building for an event at the time of the report. But officials said they do not know if that’s what prompted the report of a gun.

“LSUPD has investigated the report of an armed subject at Coates Hall and has determined there was no threat. LSU is returning to normal operations.”

According to WVLA, a text message was sent to all students and all neighboring buildings were placed on lockdown following the initial report.

Classes are not in session at the state’s flagship university, but many students have been moving back to the school after summer break.

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