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"Miscommunications" led to armed response to potential shooter event at LCC

Law enforcement vehicles and personnel gathered around Building 1 of LCC yesterday.
Brian Bull
Law enforcement vehicles and personnel gathered around Building 1 of LCC yesterday.

Yesterday’s lockdown at Lane Community College was apparently the result of a series of miscommunications, according to investigators.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says before the initial 911 call was made, second and third-hand information led people to believe there was an armed person on campus who wanted to harm a student. The miscommunications were not relayed with any malicious intent, and no armed subject was actually observed at LCC.

The lockdown lasted 90 minutes and saw sheriff’s deputies and Oregon State Police personnel gathered on campus while students and staff sheltered in place.

In a campus-wide email, LCC President Stephanie Bulger thanked public safety, law enforcement, and the community for their response. She also encouraged anyone traumatized by the lockdown to seek mental health support.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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