AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- UMass officials have released new information on an incident Tuesday that led to a shelter-in-place order.
The university said that around 12:30 p.m. today, UMass Police were notified by Amherst Police that they had been in contact with a man who was on the phone and threatening to harm himself. That person indicated that he was near University Health Services (UHS) on-campus, but it was determined that the man was off-campus in North Amherst.
UMass Police stayed near the area of UHS as Amherst Police relayed that they were following the man down North Pleasant Street toward campus. As the vehicle continued down North Pleasant Street, the university issued an alert to the campus community around 12:40 p.m. that read:
"UMass Amherst Alerts: Hostile armed person reported near UHS. Shelter in place and stay indoors. Wait for all clear signal."
The vehicle then traveled down Thatcher Way on the UMass campus and toward University Health Services. UMass Police were already on-scene and, with help from Mass. State Police and Amherst Police, they quickly took the man - who is not a UMass student, faculty member, or staff member - into custody without incident.
Once the scene was secure, a second alert was sent to the campus community around 12:47 p.m. that read:
"UMass Amherst Alerts: All clear. Party is in custody. Resume normal activities. All clear."
One UMass student shared his reaction with Western Mass News when he received the alert in class.
“I was scared. At first, I was just like this is crazy. I’ve never gotten an alert like that on my phone before, even in high school. It caught me really off guard. The teacher didn’t know what was going on, like I had to tell the professor what the deal was,” said UMass sophomore Maximo Archila.
Another UMass student told us he was scheduled to arrive at the scene within the hour of receiving the alert.
“I got an alert that was saying there was a violent suspect outside of UHS and I was kind of alarmed because I had an appointment there at 1:30,” said UMass junior Cole Godley.
UMass officials said that the man was taken to an area hospital. Investigators found a handgun and ammunition inside the vehicle.
“We are grateful for the immediate action of the Amherst Police and our UMPD officers, and for the systems we have in place to alert the community to keep you safe from harm,” the university said in a statement.
UMass officials said that no injuries were reported and there is no ongoing threat to the community.