AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst have issued an all clear after reportedly finding the suspect believed to be armed that was seen near campus Monday afternoon.
UMass Amherst Police were asking the community to stay away from the area of the Renaissance Center on East Pleasant Street after reports of an armed person.
The university tweeted around 4:12 p.m. “UMPD and APD are investigating report of armed individual in area of Renaissance Center on E Pleasant. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM AREA.” As of 5:18 p.m., police have identified and located the suspect and there is no risk to the community.
PHOTO: UMass Amherst suspect
The person was photographed and described to be light skinned male, stocky/strong build and was believed to be wearing a red hooded sweatshirt (possibly with “the Black Dog” written on the back), dark grey sweatpants and white high top sneakers.
According to UMass Amherst Police Department, the photo was taken at around 1:50 p.m. from a witness in the field at the Renaissance Center of a person with what appears to be a rifle or shotgun. The witness left the area and contacted Amherst Police at around 2:30 p.m. The police then began a search for the person. The UMass Amherst Police were provided the photo at around 3:05 p.m.