CALGARY (660 NEWS) –The University of Calgary have released a statement on this morning’s incident, saying the large police presence on campus generated attention on social media and was erroneously reported by some news outlets that the campus was in “lockdown.”
They added that technical issues created problems for their emergency notifications.
“Both campus security and Calgary Police Service sent out notifications regarding the incident through social media.
Unfortunately, there were some technical issues in sending out notifications using some of our UCalgary communication channels, which we are investigating to correct immediately.”
How come the emergency app hasn’t alerted people to the lockdown?
— Luigi Riscaldino (@riscaldino) September 16, 2019
The U of C says it takes the importance of emergency communications very seriously, and apologized for the lack of communication.
They concluded by saying the safety and security of all of their campuses is of utmost importance to them.
Calgary police said a papier-mache rifle was to blame for the lockdown on the main campus of the University of Calgary.
Around 8:45 Monday morning, Calgary police were called to the university for reports of a suspicious person.
The university tweeted saying “the individual has been identified and CPS has addressed the situation. There is no threat or risk to the campus community.”
Four police officers armed with what seems to be assault rifles just left the scene. According to @UCalgary, the situation has been dealt with by @CalgaryPolice and the suspect has been identified. Police say their intervention has concluded. #yyc @BTCityNewsCGY @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/tWgn0aHJtZ
— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) September 16, 2019
Police said they found the man who was in possession of what looked like a rifle.
Calgary police confirmed the weapon they seized was a papier mache replica.
Earlier today we attended @UCalgary for reports of a suspicious person.
We responded based on limited information & this was the carried item prompting our multiple unit response.
— Cst. Mark Smith (@CstSmith) September 16, 2019
Right now, there’s no word on whether any charges will be laid.