JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The suspect involved in an "active shooter" situation on the campus of Arkansas State University is in jail.
Jonesboro police confirm the suspect's name is Brad Kenneth Bartelt, 47, of Jonesboro. He is currently in the Craighead County Detention Center.
According to A-State, the incident started when the suspect drove into center of campus.
The University Police Department issued the text alert about the situation around 1:36 p.m. Jonesboro police officers arrived to assist.
When officers arrived they found Bartelt inside a truck on the east side of the Reng Student Union, holding a shotgun to his chin, according to JPD. He also had a gas can and propane tank in the truck.
JPD crisis negotiators talked with Bartelt and convinced him to surrender without injuring the officers or himself.
According to the JPD news release, police had been sent to check on Bartelt Wednesday night after receiving a report that he had posted comments on social media "indicating he was experiencing homicidal and suicidal feelings."
However, when officers arrived they found Bartelt was already receiving medical treatment.
Prior to this incident, Bartelt has never been arrested.
Campus was closed Thursday following the incident. The university tells those on campus to avoid the Heritage Lawn area east of the union until further notice.
Final exams scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16.
The campus is open Friday and graduation plans will go on as scheduled.
Arkansas State University Chancellor Tim Hudson issued the following statement early Friday:
"Yesterday, our campus community came together to respond to a threat that has become all too common in the world today. As the morning breaks and we count our blessings, these things we know to be true.
We are a strong community.
We are resilient.
We are grateful for our professional colleagues
those that protect us from harm
those who plan our well being
those who mentor, counsel, console and heal us
those who uplift and support our dreams and ambitions.
We rely upon each other: our faculty and staff
who are always ready, aware and available
who care and respond
who guide our awakening
who put the safety of our students first.
who are our raison d'être, our mission
who inspire us to vigilance; to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth and enrich lives
who remain the center of our lives.
We draw sustenance from our city and sustain it in return; symbiosis in action.
We respect each other; we embrace diversity and tolerance; we eschew ignorance and injustice.
We are all learners on a journey.
We cooperate with each other in times of trouble.
We lead -- and we follow leadership -- through challenges, through opportunities; epiphanies and dilemmas.
We remain optimistic about the future
of our university
of our state
of our nation
We keep our sisters and brothers.
We pay it forward.
We say for ourselves and for the world, "We ARE: A-State!!"
The mighty Red Wolf Nation -- built on a legacy of commitment and bound for a brighter horizon.
Yesterday we were; today and tomorrow we will be: "Red Wolf Strong."
Together we rise; together we thrive."
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