Arkansas State University Says Armed Man Has Been Arrested, No Shots Fired

Arkansas State University Says Armed Man Has Been Arrested, No Shots Fired
Arkansas State University, South entrance to the main campus Zereshk / Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0

Arkansas State University has kept a part of its campus closed till further notice even after an armed man has already been arrested in connection to reports of an active shooter in the school received earlier today.


According to a report by KATV, Jonesboro police have taken suspect Bradley Kenneth Bartelt into custody. Bartelt, 47, has been charged with aggravated assault according to the Craighead Sheriff’s Office jail roster.

Arkansas State University had received a report regarding an active gunman on campus at 1:30 p.m. The said gunman was said to have been spotted at the Student Union. Students and faculty were immediately asked to evacuate to the west side of the building and clear the area. A few minutes later at 1:48 p.m., the university reported that the armed man on campus has already been surrounded by both the University Police and Jonesboro Police. And 2:45 p.m., the university said that the suspect has already been placed in police custody and that the police are now in the process of securing the scene and inspecting the suspect’s vehicle. No shots were fired and nobody was injured. By 3:20 p.m., Arkansas State University decided to release its buildings from lockdown with the exception of the Student Union area. But as of 4:20, the university said that the Student Union has been cleared and is in the process of reopening. However, everyone in the campus has been asked to avoid the area east of the Union.

Before Bartlet had driven to Arkansas State University with a weapon, he posted a disturbing message on his Facebook page, saying that he is both suicidal and homicidal. Furthermore, he mentioned the university in his post while ending with the message, “let my last DEATH be for a purpose.” Bartlet had studied graphic design at the university.

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