No evidence to support report of dangerous situation in Student Union

May 2, 2015 | News, UToday
By Staff



Following multiple exhaustive searches, University of Toledo Police Chief Jeff Newton confirmed there is no evidence to corroborate a report of a gunman or victim in UT’s Student Union.

UT Police issued the all clear following a report of a dangerous situation earlier this afternoon.

Just before 4 p.m., a man called Toledo Police’s non-emergency line and alleged he had a gun to his head and that he had stabbed his girlfriend in the Student Union.

The caller disconnected and then called UTPD dispatch and at 3:54 p.m. gave this same information to dispatchers.

UTPD officers were immediately dispatched to the Student Union at 3:56 p.m. and arrived before 4 p.m. The officers immediately evacuated all persons from the building and began a preliminary sweep.

Due to a potentially dangerous situation, a UT Alert — which consists of an email to every UT student and employee and a text message to those who have signed up to receive them — went out at 4:08 p.m. ordering the UT community to stay away from the Student Union. An outdoor public address announcement also was made and the information was placed on www.utoledo.edu.

Ottawa Hills Police, Toledo Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Toledo Fire responded to assist, and a perimeter was established around the Student Union. A second sweep of the building was conducted looking for the alleged victim or suspect.

Toledo SWAT did a final intensive room-by-room search in the building and no victim or suspect were found.

Anyone who has additional information about this incident or knowledge of anything unusual that would be helpful to this investigation is encouraged to contact University of Toledo Police at 419.530.2600.

The Student Union is set to reopen 7 a.m. Monday, May 4. If you left property inside the building during the evacuation, please contact UTPD at 419.530.2601 and an officer will assist you in retrieving your items.