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Off-duty officer with gun causes lockdown on Iowa campus

The Associated Press

FAYETTE, IA — Iowa Officials at Upper Iowa University in Fayette say the campus was locked down this morning after a report of a man with a gun on campus. Turns out, he was an off-duty police officer visiting the school as a guest.

The incident happened at the liberal arts building.

Spokeswoman Sheila Miller says the university sent out an e-mail alert, all buildings were locked down and a campus-wide sweep was done. Officials then verified the identity of the police officer.

Miller says the university has been working on its safety procedures for several years. Officials held a mock incident on campus involving bombs in the cafeteria in a dormitory on April 14th -- two days before the massacre at Virginia Tech.

Miller says Upper Iowa doesn't feel on edge or threatened, but somebody did see a person with a gun and reported it.

(Roger Koecke and Elwin Huffman at KOEL in Oelwin)
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