Security guard shot at college is arrested

St. Catherine Security Guard Out of Hospital; Police Trying to Determine What Happened

Authorities were looking for a suspect in the shooting but now say the officer, Brent Patrick Ahlers, 25, of St. Louis Park, has been arrested and is expected to be charged with falsely reporting a crime.

Not wanting to face discipline for bringing a firearm to work, a white college security guard who shot himself on duty, sent Minnesota police on an hours-long search for a fictional Black man who he said attacked him.

Ahlers told police a day after the incident that he made up a shooter out of fear he would lose his job - saying it was a black man in a hooded sweatshirt.

'(The event) had, basically, 1,800 students held captive in their dorm rooms on the college of St. Catherine, ' Sgt. Mike Ernster said, according to KSTP.

St. Catherine Security Guard Out of Hospital; Police Trying to Determine What Happened
University security guard is arrested after accidentally shooting himself and blaming it on a mystery suspect causing 1,800 students to be trapped in their dorms on lockdown

While they still needed to take a report of a shooting seriously, St. Paul police were so skeptical of the white 25-year-old's initial claim about an assailant who was armed and risky with a "short Afro" that they didn't even release a description of the made-up minority.

First, as you know, Brent Ahlers was put on paid leave September 13 while the St. Paul Police conducted their investigation and the University completed a review of the facts.

Ahlers admitted he shot himself and said he made up the suspicious person excuse because he was afraid of being terminated from his job.

Dianne Binns, president of the St. Paul NAACP, called Ahlers blaming a black man for the shooting was "nothing new".

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Roloff said in Thursday's statement that St. Catherine University "strongly condemns racial discrimination, racial stereotyping, and racial profiling of any kind".

Lisa Clark, a St. Paul resident, told City Pages Ahler's lie put "everyone ... on edge and high alter".

St Kate's President Becky Roloff said on Thursday that Mr Ahlers' statements about the race of the "suspect" were "deeply troubling and do not reflect our values".

Ahlers had been treated at Regions Hospital in St. Paul for the gun wound before being released. That's the sad thing about it.

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