The Latest: Police say gunman had shotgun, gasoline, propane

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Posted: Dec 10, 2015 6:45 PM

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The latest on a report of an armed man at Arkansas State University (all times local):

5:12 p.m.

Police say a gunman who drove a truck onto a plaza near the Arkansas State University student union was armed with a shotgun and carried containers of gasoline and propane.

The campus sounded an alarm that made students scurry, but the Jonesboro police chief said it seemed Brad Bartelt posed a greater threat to himself during Thursday's incident. At one point, he sloshed gasoline on his truck.

Jonesboro Police said they had received a call Wednesday about a Facebook post Bartlet wrote in which he stated he was homicidal and suicidal and referred to an incident with the Social Security Administration.

School and police officials said Bartelt had attended an ASU branch campus at Newport. An Associated Press story from 2012 shows that a student named Brad Bartelt was injured in a truck-driving school accident at Newport that year.

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4:30 p.m.

Police have identified the armed man who drove his truck onto the Arkansas State University campus as Brad Kenneth Bartelt of Jonesboro.

The 47-year-old was taken into custody Thursday after driving his truck onto the campus and triggering a lockdown. Jonesboro Police said they had received a call Wednesday about a Facebook post Bartlet wrote in which he stated he was homicidal and suicidal and referred to an incident with the Social Security Administration.

Officers said Bartelt was already seeking medical attention, according to the report.

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3:30 p.m.

Arkansas State University has lifted nearly all of a lockdown that shut down the school after an armed man drove his truck into the middle of campus.

The university says the lockdown has been lifted for all parts of the campus except for the east side of the student union. The school says the suspect is in police custody.

Jonesboro Police spokesman Paul Holmes says bomb squad technicians are en route to examine the truck.

The incident happened Thursday as students were taking final exams. Arkansas State says tests that were scheduled for Thursday night will be administered next week. Campus is closed for the rest of the day.

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2:55 p.m.

Arkansas State University says an armed man who drove onto campus is now in custody.

University spokesman Bill Smith says the man was taken into custody about an hour after the incident began. Earlier Thursday, the university was placed on lockdown after the man drove his truck onto the center of campus and displayed a weapon.

Smith says the campus remains on lockdown as authorities inspect the man's truck. No injuries have been reported.

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2:25 p.m.

Authorities in northeast Arkansas are sending a negotiator to speak with an armed man who drove onto the center of Arkansas State University's campus.

Jonesboro Police Department spokesman Paul Holmes says a negotiator is headed to campus to speak with the man. The university has been on lockdown since about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holmes says police are sending a tactical unit as well to respond to the situation. No shots have been fired and no injuries are reported.

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2:05 p.m.

Arkansas State University says there are no reports of injuries after an armed man drove onto campus and that officers have surrounded him.

University spokesman Bill Smith says the man displayed a weapon but no shots have been fired. The university issued an alert at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday telling students to stay away from the student union.

A Jonesboro Police Department spokesman says his agency is helping respond to the incident. Spokesman Paul Holmes says the man is in a pickup truck outside the student union.

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1:55 p.m.

Arkansas State University has sent a text message urging the evacuation of the student union after a report of a man with a gun on campus.

University spokesman Bill Smith says the university was placed on lockdown after the man drove onto campus. He says no shots were fired.

Smith says police surrounded the man but people were still urged to stay away from the student union.

The university is located in Jonesboro, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock.