One person is in custody at Central Connecticut State University. An armed man was spotted on the campus Monday, prompting a schoolwide lockdown and warnings for students to stay away from windows as police SWAT teams swarmed the area.
University officials have given the all-clear and lifted the lockdown.
The suspect has been identified as David Kyem, the son of a CCSU geography professor. He was charged with breach of peace and is free on bond.
University officials said Monday afternoon there were three persons of interested that they are inverviewing. At least one suspect is a student, the others are student-aged. No shots were ever fired. The ID swipe card system helped to identify the suspect.
The university declared a campus emergency shortly after noon. It said police were searching in the area of a residence hall, and police officers were seen sheltering behind campus walls as several agencies responded. New Britain Mayor Timothy O'Brien said there were no reports of injuries.
A Western Connecticut State University official says the situation at Central appears to be isolated. Western officials are continuing to monitor the situation. An email has been sent out to WCSU students and faculty that says while the issue is isolated to Central, the WCSU police department is on alert on both Danbury campuses. Southern officials have sent out an email alert to students there about what is happened at the New Britain campus.
Jordan Governale, a 20-year-old junior from Farmington, says he saw a man carrying a backpack and a sword and sheath strapped to his back at Central. He says the man was wearing a mask, camouflage pants, knee pads and a vest resembling body armor.
More than 12,000 students attend the university, which has a 182-acre campus. Central officials say students of James Hall were in Barrows Hall being questioned by police.
Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman, says university police asked for assistance related to a report of a suspicious person.