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Crime & Courts

January 21, 2014

Student reports prompt lockdown at MSSU dorms

Student reports of a suspicious person on the Missouri Southern State University campus Tuesday afternoon led to a lockdown and police sweep of residence halls.

MSSU spokeswoman Cassie Mathes said a campuswide alert was issued at 2:43 p.m. after students outside the Mills H. Anderson Public Safety Center reported seeing someone, possibly in possession of a gun, behaving suspiciously in an adjacent field.

The person was last seen headed toward the Stegge and Dishman residence halls, Mathes said.

Campus police ordered the dormitories locked down while officers searched them for the person the students had seen.

A news release issued at 4:40 p.m. announced the end of the lockdown and search once police had determined that the buildings were clear and safe. No arrests were reported.

“The safety of our students is our utmost priority,” Darren Fullerton, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, said in the news release.

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