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Gunman Arrested After Killing Two College Officers

A gunman shot and killed two security officers at a private college in Virginia on Tuesday, prompting a campus lockdown before the suspect was apprehended, the Associated Press reports. The lockdown began in the early afternoon when Bridgewater College officials sent out a tweet warning students and faculty about a shooter on campus. The college sent out a follow-up tweet saying police had apprehended a suspect after searching the campus but that students should continue sheltering in place. A news photographer captured an image of the apparent suspect being arrested, laying facedown on the ground as more than a half-dozen law enforcement officers approached with guns drawn. The college gave the all-clear about 4:30 p.m.

The suspect, 27-year-old Alexander Wyatt Campbell, was treated for a gunshot wound that wasn’t life threatening. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said that the shooting happened shortly after the campus officers responded to reports of a suspicious man on campus around 1:20 p.m. She said that after a brief interaction, Campbell opened fire on the officers, shot them and fled on foot. The two officers succumbed to their wounds on the scene. Officers from state and local law enforcement agencies then joined the search and found the suspect off campus. Campbell waded into a river and was taken into custody on an island in the river. Campbell was being held without bond on two counts of capital murder, one count of first degree murder, and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.


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