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U of C apologizes for emergency app 'technical issues' during police investigation

Last Updated Sep 16, 2019 at 6:50 pm MDT

A paper mache gun sparked a lockdown and CPS investigation at the U of C Sept. 16, 2019. (CREDIT: @CstSmith on Twitter)

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.”

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.”

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.

Right now, there’s no word on whether any charges will be laid.