Hunter reported in woods near UMBC campus

Baltimore County Police responded to a call at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday about a man walking through Halethorpe carrying a shotgun.

"We received a hunting complaint in the woods near Arbutus Memorial Gardens," said police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton. "Someone called in and said a man appeared to be following a deer holding a gun.

"But we had no calls of shots fired," she said. "You cannot hunt in the metropolitan area."

Police alerted University of Maryland Baltimore County of the incident near campus and students recieved a text alert to avoid the area.

"The school was notified as a precaution," Batton said. "They restricted the students to indoor activities, but they were not on lockdown."

She said there was never any immediate danger to the students or the school.

"We notify them as a matter of policy if there's police activity in the area," Batton said.

Sgt. Dexter Housel, with campus police, said the incident did not affect classes or the daily routine on campus.

"We've had a few phone calls here from students," he said. "Not many, probably less than 10."


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