55 Cops Start Manhunt After Security Guard Shoots Himself and Blames Black Man

(ANTIMEDIA) St. Paul, MN — St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, was subject to a lockdown Tuesday night after a security guard called 911 and told police a mysterious black gunman shot him in the shoulder on campus around 9:25 p.m. Shortly after receiving the report of an active shooter, St. Paul police set up a perimeter around the school and conducted a four-hour manhunt involving 55 cops and four police dogs with Minnesota State Patrol aircraft circling overhead.

St. Paul police did not publicly release the description the security guard, Brent Ahlers, provided, but it was aired over law enforcement radio, published on a website, and shared on social media.

As a frequent police scanner listener posted on Twitter Tuesday night:

There was just one problem. Brent Ahlers had actually accidentally shot himself while handling a gun he wasn’t supposed to have and then decided to make up the gunman-on-campus story because he feared he would lose his job. While talking to St. Paul police Wednesday night, he admitted he had lied and that he was the only active gunman on campus that night. He was then arrested and sent to jail for making a false police report, a misdemeanor.

His lie “had basically 1,800 students held captive in their dorm rooms,” said Deputy City Attorney Laura Pietan.

On Thursday, St. Paul police confirmed that Ahlers, who completed law enforcement skills training at Hennepin Technical College and holds an associate degree in law enforcement, had, indeed, claimed to police that the nonexistent shooter was a black man.

“It’s a sickening thing,” said the president of the St. Paul African-American Leadership Council, Tyrone Terrill. “He put not only black youth at risk, he put St. Paul police and other law enforcement at risk with his lie.”

On Thursday evening, university officials announced they had fired Ahlers from his job.

“I was angry that he subjected the entire neighborhood to this huge police presence, that people were afraid being out and about … and that he took it past that, into tapping into people’s racism,” said neighbor Lisa Clark.

Ahlers was released from jail at around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and has hired an attorney, who did not return messages from local press seeking comment for his version of the story. African-American community leaders are set to hold a press conference for Friday afternoon.

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