By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor-in-Chief
The police situation in parking lot E5 near the University Center has been peacefully resolved according to police after a distraught man with a handgun was taken into custody.
Police arrived on the scene around 11 p.m. on Monday, blocking the entrance to the lot in all directions. The situation was resolved at around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The man, reportedly from Roseville, is being taken to a psychiatric evaluation by police after threatening to harm himself in his vehicle.
Police used a negotiator to talk with the man during the exchange.
Students outside were forced indoors by police, while students near windows facing Lot E5 were pushed deeper into the buildings for their own safety.
For over an hour, police blocked the campus street entrances. Students with vehicles parked in lot E5 were forced to remain away from the scene even after the lockdown was lifted while police cleared.
Hythem Qashou, a junior studying electrical engineering at UM-Dearborn, had his vehicle parked just a few spots away from the scene while he was off campus with friends.
“We went to go get Taco Bell, but then we couldn’t get back into campus,” Qashou said. “We were following it all on Instagram. It was freaky.”
UM-Dearborn’s emergency alert system warned students of the situation at 11:18 p.m.
“Dearborn Police and Campus Police report a police incident in Lot E5. Stay away. Shelter in Place. Do NOT leave buildings. Call 9 1 1 only for help. Wait for All Clear.”
The All Clear message was sent to students at 12:20 a.m.
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