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News Clips 02/11/2013
FAU campus police shoot homeless man armed with a knife
Source: Palm Beach Post, 02/08/13
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By Alexandra Seltzer
A homeless man armed with a knife on the rooftop of a building on the Florida Atlantic University campus was shot Friday after he presented a threat to campus police, authorities said.
The man was taken to Delray Medical Center in serious condition. His name was not released by Friday evening.
“Officers were presented with what we believed to be a threat, and they dealt with that threat,” said Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander.
Police described the incident as “isolated” and said that public safety was not in danger. The campus was not put on lockdown nor were any buildings evacuated. However, less than a mile away, the A.D. Henderson University School, an elementary and middle school on Glades Road, was put on a lockdown for about six minutes.
FAU Police received a call just after 10 a.m. Friday from someone saying that a homeless man was on the roof of the Innovation Centre 3 building at the campus’ Research Park. The one-story building, at 3651 FAU Blvd., is just off Spanish River Boulevard.
Two FAU police officers went up on the roof and found the man, who police described as being between the ages of 20 and 30. No one else was on the roof.
The man “presented a threat” and “(the officers) responded to it,” said FAU Police Asst. Chief Sean Brammer.
Campus authorities sent out a text alert at 11:50 a.m. informing the public that there was an “incident” at the FAU Research Park.
“There is no danger to the University and no actions are required,” the alert stated.
Another alert was sent just before noon, informing the public that a shooting occurred at the Research Park and that the university was operating normally.
“The University would like to remind members of its community to be aware of their surroundings and to always follow safe practices,” the alert read. “On an individual basis, please exercise appropriate caution carrying out activities both on and off campus.”
Police have not said how many times the man was shot or how many officers fired their weapon. They also have not said whether the officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
Boca Raton Police and the Palm Beach Count State Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident. It is not clear whether the man had any ties to the campus or personnel in the building.
Employees of a business in the complex chatted about the incident while on a cigarette break outside. They said they heard running around on the roof but assumed it was from the people working on the air conditioners the past couple of days. But when they were told to stay in the building, they knew it was a more serious situation.
One worker said he heard two shots fired.
In late November a report of a mugging in an FAU hallway led to a three-hour campuswide search and lockdown.