Arkansas State University lifts brief lockdown, no armed men found

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 14, 2016 3:16 PM

(Reuters) - A brief lockdown at Arkansas State University was lifted on Sunday afternoon after law enforcement officers searched campus buildings and found no armed people, police said.

Arkansas State had ordered its campus in Jonesboro locked down after receiving reports of two males with weapons near its student union and later of three males, all wearing black, carrying weapons along a street near the student union.

Jonesboro police said no shots were fired and that city officers checking buildings found no gunmen.

Within an hour, Arkansas State said the lockdown had been lifted and that the university would resume normal operations.

The university has more than 13,100 students. The campus is located in northeastern Arkansas.

(Reporting by David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)