“Armed suspect” in UO Alerts was carrying an umbrella, not a rifle

Note: This story is unrelated to the UOPD’s arrest of a man who claimed he was carrying a gun at Knight Library early Tuesday afternoon.

If you’re subscribed to the UO Alerts messaging system and curious about the flurry of notifications you received Tuesday morning, here’s what happened:

At 7:22 a.m., the University of Oregon Police received a report of a man wearing hospital scrubs and carrying a rifle near Autzen Stadium from a member of the UO’s athletic staff. UOPD alerted Eugene Police and both departments drove to the area.

Email and texts were sent out to everyone subscribed to UO Alerts at 7:33a.m., and again at 7:40a.m., warning them to stay out of the area.

It was around this time that police located a man wearing scrubs and holding an umbrella. He was searched for weapons and determined to pose no threat.

Another alert was sent at 7:46 a.m. giving the all clear.

Despite the mix-up, UOPD still recommends reporting all suspicious activities on university property: 541-346-2919.

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Noah McGraw

Noah McGraw

Noah is the 2016-17 Senior News Editor at the Emerald. His earliest journalistic influences were Tom Wolfe, Eric Schlosser and Batman. He loves '70s comics, '80s action movies and '90s music.