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Farmers Branch, Texas -- A Brookhaven College student allegedly hid in a bathroom on campus today with a firearm in his possession causing a lockdown of the college for 52 minutes while college police searched the campus. The Dallas Police Department reported that a white, male student was threatening suicide. The lockdown was implemented at 12:03 p.m. and terminated at 12:55 p.m. after all buildings were searched and police were unable to locate the individual.
Dallas police called the Farmers Branch Police Department, who in turn forwarded the DPD call to the DCCCD Central Dispatch operator.
Mark Lopez, Brookhaven College police captain, received a call at 11:53 a.m. from David Fite, supervisor, DCCCD Central Dispatch, advising him that Dallas Police Detective Sergeant Felini received a call in their 9-1-1 Center from the girlfriend of the Brookhaven College student who was allegedly in a Brookhaven College bathroom with a hand gun. Sergeant Felini said the girlfriend said the student was threatening suicide.
Following established emergency procedures, the college went into a lockdown status; a telephone alert was broadcast at 12:03 p.m. with an emergency text message sent at 12:07 p.m. The following message was sent. “BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE Armed Intruder. This is a lockdown at Brookhaven College. Stay in place, find protection. This is not a drill. Take cover behind a locked door.”
College police began the search for a 170-pound, 5’11,” white male in bathrooms of Buildings J and K and confirmed that the student attended his 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. classes. Police expanded the search to other buildings after they received a more detailed description of the student. All buildings were searched; however, the student was not located.
The lockdown was terminated with an “All Clear” message on phones and by text at 12:55 p.m.
At 2:18 p.m. Captain Lopez was notified by DPD that the student was apprehended and had been taken to Parkland Hospital. A search of the student and areas where he had been did not result in the finding of a weapon.
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