Columbus State issues "All Clear" for Clearview Hall and surrounding area
Columbus State University has called off a search for an armed suspect after evidence showed that there was no threat in Clearview Hall.
An “All Clear” was issued for the dorm and the surrounding area around 2 p.m. after officials said the suspect is believed to have left the area.
John Lester, CSU assistant vice president for university relations, said the university received a report from its police department around noon that someone saw an armed man in the hallway of Clearview Hall with a gun.
The suspect was described as a black male between 17 and 19 years old with a medium build. He reportedly was wearing dark clothes and a stocking cap, according to the alert that was sent to students and faculty.
Officials said they found no suspect matching that description during the search.
Lester said officials went door to door to search every room in the dorm.
“I think the response today showed how important we take these kind of security issues,” he said. “If you have a gun on campus, we are going to be very diligent in trying to make sure that there’s no threat.”
Lester said it’s still unclear as to whether the report was false or a mistake. The university is following up with an investigation into the incident.
The Columbus Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team assisted CSU police with the investigation.
More than 450 students reside in Clearview Hall.
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