Security Officer Hurt in St. Catherine University Shooting, Search for Suspect Underway

September 13, 2017 02:19 PM

A St. Catherine University security officer was injured in a shooting Tuesday night, according to the St. Paul Police Department

The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. on the university's campus.


Police set up a perimeter and were searching for a male suspect. A KSTP reporter on scene heard police say over a megaphone, "Come out of the wood line with your hands up."

Authorities called off the search early Wednesday morning but are still looking for the suspect. Knowing the suspect is still on the loose, neighbors, like Pam Rymer, were on edge.

 "I think it's terrible, the gun violence that's come into a neighborhood like this," Rymer said. "I really cannot even believe it."

However, St. Paul police tweeted Wednesday morning there is likely no threat to the public.

Steve Linders, a public information officer with the St. Paul Police Department, said the suspect was in the woods when the unarmed security officer approached him and said to leave the area. It was then the security officer was shot in the shoulder, according to Linders.

The security officer suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to police.

Authorities are asking residents in the area to contact them if they have noticed any suspicious activity. Mike Ernster, another public information officer with the SPPD, said the neighborhood isn't use to shootings.

"It is very out of character for this university and for this area," Ernster said. "This type of crime does not occur down here very often, it's a very safe and secure area."

Meanwhile, classes and campus activities are expected to resume as scheduled Wednesday.

The university released the following statement regarding the incident:

Last night, September 12, at approximately 9:25 p.m. there was a shooting of one of our public safety officers on campus in the woods near Cleveland Avenue. The officer suffered a wound to his shoulder, was seen and released at Regions Hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery.

The St. Paul Police Department placed the campus on lock-down while a campus-wide and building-to-building search was conducted. Public Safety and the President's Office communicated with the campus community via text messaging and email throughout this four-hour ordeal.

No one was apprehended and this remains an open and active investigation by the St. Paul Police Department.

Campus has resumed all activities. Students have been encouraged by President Becky Roloff and Provost Alan Silva to alert their faculty if they need accommodation for their academic schedule due to stress and disruption over the last 12 hours. Counselors are available.



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