Carroll University lockdown lifted; Police say man carrying airsoft gun

Other public buildings in the area were put on lockdown


by Chris Patterson

WAUKESHA -- Carroll University was on lockdown after two students reported seeing a man carrying a "long gun" near the tennis courts on the north west side of campus around 10:30 a.m. Several law enforcement agencies responded to scene to help lock down the campus.

According to police, the man reported by students of having a gun was carrying a non-lethal weapon. The suspect was carrying an airsoft gun, toy guns that can be made to look real. Police say the gun could have been made to look like a shotgun or rifle.

Police talked with several people who recently encountered the man, and one of them actually knew him. These interactions were not threatening. Police then surrounded the man's residence near campus, and took him into custody. The man is describe as being in his 50s or 60s.

Police are working to verify if the man they have in custody is the man students reported seeing around 10:30 a.m. Police don't yet know if the man actually did anything illegal. Campus safety has also reported there is no rule banning airsoft guns from the Carroll University campus.

Campus safety officers got the call from students at 10:30 a.m., and were on the scene within 20-30 seconds. Campus officers did not see the man students reported to 911 dispatchers.

Students at Carroll University received a text at 10:39 a.m. from the school telling them to remain indoors, because of reports of a man with a firearm near the Barstow St. and Grand Ave.

The Waukesha School District put some of their schools on lockdown while police had Carroll University locked down. These schools were in close proximity to Carroll University.

Waukesha Catholic Schools also locked down a couple schools during this incident. They did not allow anyone to enter or leave their buildings. Students were able to move about inside the building.

The Waukesha Public Library, 321 W. Wisconsin, was also on lockdown.

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