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Possible armed suspect roaming Towson University campus is apprehended; incident started as road rage, police say

Faculty, students and staff at Towson University were asked to shelter in place Monday night for about an hour as a possible armed suspect was roaming around campus.

In a text alert sent to the university community just before 7 p.m., Towson said that the subject had been apprehended but encouraged people to “remain vigilant.”

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Baltimore County Police said in a news release late Monday night that the incident started as road rage in the unit block of Stevenson Lane. The suspect continued onto Osler Drive where he was involved in a hit-and-run between Cross Campus and Emerson Drive, police said.

County police said that an officer who responded to the scene was assaulted but did not say how or what led up to it. The officer was not injured and the suspect then fled.

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A short time later, a person contacted police in reference to a carjacking that occurred in a parking lot of a nearby hospital, the department said. The subject involved in that carjacking was later apprehended in Baltimore City during a bailout.

It’s unclear whether there was a weapon or if more than one person was involved, police said.

“This incident involves multiple locations and victims,” police said in a news release. “Once detectives have a clear understanding of what unfolded and the circumstances surrounding those events, those findings will be shared.”

There is no threat to campus but university officials warned that police activity might be present as police continue to investigate.

“The safety of our community and campus is our top priority and we thank all students, faculty and staff who sheltered in place to enable Baltimore County police to bring this incident to a conclusion,” university officials said in a statement.

This incident comes about a month after three people were shot on campus during an informal gathering of hundreds of people at the heart of the campus. A 19-year-old man, Samuel Nnam of Greenbelt, was arrested as the alleged shooter.

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