Catherine Univ. security guard fired after phantom shooting

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

In making a false report, Ahlers put targets on the backs of Black young adults and took police resources away from other patrols who could have needed backup in responding to actual crimes. St. Catherine placed Ahlers on paid leave of absence September 13 during the investigation for the alleged shooter. The school does not arm its security personnel, the sergeant said.

In a dimly lit, wooded area on the southwest side of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., the handgun Brent Ahlers brought to work discharged. He was sacked Thursday.

Instead of admitting to it, he allegedly blamed an imaginary black man and lead investigators on a wild goose chase, the Star Tribune reported.

"We've been lynched, and we've been put in jail to find out later you haven't done it", Dianne Binns said. It's not clear if Ahlers had a state-issued permit to carry a firearm in public.

Out of concern for student safety, the police placed the campus on lockdown in an effort to search for the black man with a "short afro", as Ahlers described him.

Ernster said that information sent over police audio based on callers' observations is raw and not vetted.

55 officers four dogs and a Minnesota State Patrol aircraft were involved in the search for the imaginary suspect
55 officers four dogs and a Minnesota State Patrol aircraft were involved in the search for the imaginary suspect

"I think everything and anything will be talked about and what is going to be the most prudent for the campus at large will be looked at".

On Tuesday night and early Wednesday, police conducted an extensive search and advised people to stay indoors as they searched for the shooter.

A stupid mistake and a racist lie by a campus security guard at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, turned into a full blown manhunt on Tuesday night for a black perpetrator who simply didn't exist.

He holds an associate degree in law enforcement and completed law enforcement skills training at Hennepin Technical College, Roloff said.

St Catherine President ReBecca Roloff said Mr Ahlers was "no longer an employee of the university", where he had worked for 15 months.

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