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Officials: person that sparked Westfield State lockdown comes forward

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Westfield State University said the person that they believe sparked a campus-wide lockdown has come forward.

The university went into lockdown Monday afternoon after a report of a suspicious man was seen walking near some of the academic buildings.

WSU President Ramon Torrecilha said in a statement to Western Mass News that the person in question contacted campus police last night and said that he believed he was the one seen walking on-campus that caused concern.

"He appeared in the same clothing he was wearing earlier in the day, comprised of a black trench coat, black pants, bulging backpack and a vest, which was neither a bullet-proof vest nor body armor," Torrecilha explained.

Two witnesses confirmed he was the individual they saw.

The university said that this person fully cooperated with authorities and poses no threat to the campus community.

"The university thanks the campus community for its vigilance.  It is this vigilance that leads to a safe and secure community.  We are very grateful for all of the assistance received from the Massachusetts State Police, the City of Westfield Police Department, and the hard work by our campus police," Torrecilha added.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.

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