Arkansas State University on brief lockdown after reports of gunmen on campus

Arkansas State University was on a brief lockdown following reports that armed men had been seen on campus. The incident was resolved by the police without a single shot being fired.

The university initially announced on Twitter that “males with weapons” were reported near the Student Union – a hub of campus activity.

It added that reportedly “the three males all wearing black were last seen walking north near Dean St.”

However, CBS affiliate WREG later reported that there was just a single armed suspect, who was detained by the police.

No shots were fired at the campus, as the man surrendered to a SWAT team after the negotiations, Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said.

The suspect, who was identified as 47-year-old Brad Bartelt, was taken into custody.

A truck Bartelt drove into the middle of the campus was examined by the bomb technicians, AP reported.

The suspect had a 12-gauge shotgun, a can of gasoline, and a 100-pound propane tank in his truck, Elliott said, adding that Bartlet had poured some of the gas onto the vehicle at one point.