Tarrant County College's southeast campus, located at 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington, was locked down Tuesday as police searched for a burglary suspect who stole a gun from a home.
The lockdown was lifted at about 1:10 p.m., according to a Tweet from the university. The campus is closed for the rest of the day and police officers "will remain on site to ensure safe and orderly flow of traffic."
Spokeswoman Rita Parson said the suspect was spotted in a wooded area south of the school and was being chased by Arlington police. She labeled it an "unrelated police incident near campus." A Grand Prairie dispatcher said that department was assisting.
As of 3 p.m., the burglar has still not been taken into custody. Grand Prairie police spokesman Lyle Gensler said a resident who lives near the 6000 block of Waterford saw the individual enter a home through a back gate at about 10:15 a.m. The neighbor called 911.
When the homeowner was notified of the burglary, he discovered he was missing a "small caliber type handgun." Police found the suspect's car and towed it.
The lockdown went into place at about noon. Administrators used automated calls and text alerts to notify students, faculty and staff.
All on campus were urged to stay where they are. An alert is pasted below, emphasis is the college's:
"TAKE ACTION NOW - LEAVE IF YOU CAN. If not, STAY in your room or building, TURN OUT lights, CLOSE blinds, LOCK or barricade doors, HIDE under furniture, STAY away from doors and windows, SILENCE your cell phones. Await further instructions."
On Jan. 24, Grand Prairie police shot and killed a shoplifting suspect at the same campus.
It's not clear whether the burglary suspect has been arrested. We'll have more information as we learn it.