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University of Michigan Police Reviewing Protocols In Light Of Gunman Scare

University of Michigan Central Campus
Andrew Cluley

A University of Michigan emergency alert Wednesdat morning about a gunman on campus turned out to be a pair of Reserve Officer Training Corps members.  UM police are taking several steps in light of the incident.
Navy ROTC members with gear and what looked like an assault rifle entering the Chemistry Buildingcaused a witness to contact police. After not being able to immediately resolve the situation an emergency alert was sent across campus but following a search of the building an all clear message was released.

Police Chief Robert Neumann says they hope to avoid confusion from this type of incident in the future. "We're in contact with our ROTC and working with them.  They are very interested in the safety of our community and so we're working closely with them to review protocols," Neumann says.

Members of the campus community who receive the alerts by text message received the warning before those contacted through email. Neumann says after any incident where an emergency alert is released the department reviews the system. He says the technology is out of their control, and some people may have even seen the all-clear message before seeing the initial alert.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.    


Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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