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UPDATE: MU Alert notifies campus of suicidal woman with gun, woman now in custody

Suicidal person call prompts response...

COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE 3:50 P.M.: CPD has confirmed that the woman was traveling in a vehicle in the 300 block of Hitt Street.

She abandoned her vehicle near Hitt Street and Elm Street and proceeded on foot. Officers confirmed the woman was on MU's campus.

CPD officers, including Patrol officers, K-9 Unit officers, detectives with the Street Crimes Unit, Community Outreach Unit officers, officers from the Crisis Negotiation Team and University of Missouri Police officers searched the area for the woman.

At 12:51 p.m., CPD officers found the woman in the 400 block of Park Avenue, where she was taken into custody.  

At 1:22 p.m., officers found a gun believed to have been in the woman's possession in the 1000 block of University Avenue. Officers think the woman put the gun there.

"At no time throughout this investigation was there any indication that the female had any intentions on harming anyone else," said CPD.

UPDATE 12:59 P.M.: "The Emergency Alert situation is all clear. Campus is operating under normal conditions," says MU Alert.

UPDATE 12:53 P.M.: "Law enforcement has located the subject involved off campus. The subject is safe and their is no further threat to campus," says MU Alert.

UPDATE 12:44 P.M.: "In an abundance of caution and as the search for the subject has become prolonged, it is recommended the campus community do one of the following:

  • If you are on campus, shelter in place.

  • If you are not on campus, avoid campus," says MU Alert.

UPDATE 12:42 P.M.: ABC 17 News confirmed with the Columbia Police Department that officers were dispatched to downtown Columbia in reference to a reported suicidal subject with a gun. The complainant reported a friend was threatening suicide.

CPD said that there is no indication that the woman has any intentions to harm anyone else and that CPD officers have not confirmed the woman is actually in possession of a gun.

UPDATE 12:40 P.M.: Lee elementary is in a modified lockdown because of the alert. The Chemistry building on MU's campus is also on lockdown.

UPDATE 12:26 P.M.: "Unless you have an emergency, please do not call MUPD as they are working hard to confirm facts and maintain the safety of the campus," says MU Alert.

UPDATE 12:23 P.M.: In another update, MUPD says that they recommend that all campus community avoid the White campus area.

UPDATE 12:21 P.M.: "Local law enforcement continues to search for the subject involved in the White Campus area," says MU Alert.

UPDATE 12:08 P.M.: According to another update from MU Alert, the woman's phone is being pinged and she is thought to be in the White Campus area.

Buildings in that area include Chemistry and Memorial Union.

The woman is further described as being in her mid to late twenties, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 pounds.

UPDATE 11:38 A.M.: According to MU Alert's twitter, police are investigating a woman who is reported to have a gun and was last seen walking east on Locust St. from Hitt St.

The woman is described as African American, wearing a Mizzou hoodie, brown pants and flip flops. MU Alert is describing the woman as possibly suicidal.

Stephen's College is on lockdown.

UPDATE 11:35 A.M.: ABC 17 crews see Columbia police, MU police and ambulances on scene. 

ORIGINAL: MU Alert warned students and employees of a possible threat near Hitt and Locust on Wednesday just before noon.

According to public dispatch, no firefighters or ambulances are at the scene. 

ABC 17 has a crew on its way to the scene to learn more about the possible threat. 

Stay with this story for the latest information. 


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