DPD: Armed man surrenders after standoff at Dallas apartment complex

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by REBECCA LOPEZ & MARJORIE OWENS

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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 12:22 PM

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DALLAS - A man surrendered to police after a standoff at a Dallas apartment complex Wednesday morning.

Dallas police report the man was a suspect in an earlier threat that temporarily shut down the University of Texas at Arlington campus.

They say the situation began as a welfare check from a friend concerned about the suspect, a UTA student. Police alerted the school as a precaution before they found him in his apartment with a weapon.

Witnesses told police the man acted suicidal before barricading himself inside an apartment at the complex, located in the 7600 block of Churchill Way. The suspect surrendered to police without incident at about 10:30 a.m. He was taken to a mental hospital.

The University of Texas at Arlington announced earlier that classes on the campus were scheduled to resume at noon after police investigated a report of an armed man headed to the school Wednesday morning.

The university posted on its website that police reported the threat passed at 9:29 a.m., about five hours after the school was alerted about a call from a woman who said an armed man was headed to the Arlington campus.

The university posted its first alert on their site at about 4:30 a.m. According to the notification, Dallas police received an unconfirmed report that the armed man was heading towards the UTA campus. The school asked that anyone already on campus stay indoors as authorities investigated and searched the area.

UTA spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said there was no active incident on campus Wednesday and the university later alerted students that police gave the all-clear for classes to resume.

Sullivan said the alleged armed man was never spotted on campus and police began searching for him at another location.

Sullivan said several thousand people typically would be on campus for summer classes, camps and other activities. UTA's spring enrollment was nearly 34,000 students.

The Associated Press contributed to this report
 

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