St. Catherine University Security Officer Brent Ahlers admitted to shooting himself an blaming an nonexistent attacker after a day of campus lockdown and citywide manhunt for the fake attacker.
St. Paul Police said that the incident tied down vast resources, including 55 officers, four canines and a Minnesota State Patrol aircraft.
Ahlers admitted he shot himself and said he made up the suspicious person excuse because he was afraid of being terminated from his job. Ahlers was a security guard at St. Catherine University and was sacked Thursday morning, the Pioneer Press reported.
Ahlers was treated Tuesday night at Regions Hospital.
Investigators say Mr Ahlers feared he would be sacked because the college did not arm its security personnel, and he had brought his own handgun to work.
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A police news release said Ahlers said he was handling his personal gun when it accidentally discharged, sending a bullet through his shoulder.
Around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ahlers claimed he confronted a man on the campus in a wooded area and was subsequently shot. "He was nervous about losing his job due to the fact that he had his gun at work and what had occurred, so he made up the story to cover what had happened".
Police charged Ahlers with a misdemeanor September 13 for the false report. He has now been placed on a paid leave of absence while the investigation is underway. Firearms are prohibited on campus. Ahlers, a university public safety employee for 15 months, had "undergone a thorough background check" and had a law enforcement associate degree from Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.
St. Paul Police Department officer Mike Ernester said the false shooting report created tension and concern on the university premises. But if you ask us, he's getting off LIGHT. "When information is validated by multiple independent sources. then it becomes more of a valid description", he said.