Search for possibly armed suspects near St. Edward’s University suspended

The Austin police helicopter searches for a suspect near St. Edward's University that put the campus on lockdown, May 16, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
The Austin police helicopter searches for a suspect near St. Edward's University that put the campus on lockdown, May 16, 2017 (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An alert was sent out to students and staff warning of an armed intruder on the St. Edward’s University main campus in south Austin, Tuesday evening.

At around 7 p.m., Austin police said they were suspending the search for the two suspects, because evidence at the scene indicates they may know one of the young men involved. Officers say they have not received any report that the suspects ever made it on campus.

Students and staff were told to find a secure location on campus by the university and anyone off campus was told to avoid the area. While spring semester is mostly over, the university says there are still some adult classes being held.

Austin police were looking for two suspects stemming from a possible aggravated robbery outside of a Walmart just south of campus. Officers say the two suspects met up outside of the store to discuss a transaction, which then went bad.

No one was injured in the incident and no suspects are in custody. Officers say neighbors and the university community have no reason to be concerned about their safety, and that “at no time” were students or staff in any danger.

The university’s campus safety originally sent an alert out at 5:39 p.m. warning of police activity south of campus between Woodward Street to Ben White Boulevard. They initially said there was no threat to campus, but asked people to avoid the area.

Minutes later, the university sent out a second alert, warning of an “armed intruder” on the main campus. A final alert, at 7:25 p.m., sent out an “all clear” to the university. Still, additional campus police officers are being stationed around campus.

In November 2016, the campus was placed on lockdown following a report of an armed suspect running towards the university. Students barricaded themselves in classrooms as officers looked for a suspect, who was never found.

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