University of Arizona shooting: Suspect in custody after professor shot dead on campus


A professor was shot and killed Wednesday on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, authorities said, and a suspect has been arrested.

University police first received a call around 14 local time, reporting that a 46-year-old former student had entered the John W. Harshbarger building, University of Arizona Police Chief Paula Balafas said during a news conference.

“That student was not allowed to be in that building,” Balafas said. “The caller wanted the man escorted out of the building by the police.”

When authorities arrived, they learned someone had been shot inside the building, Balafas said. Police also learned that the suspect had fled the scene.

About 5 p.m., the suspect was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety after a traffic stop near Gila Bend, about 120 miles west of the university, Balafas said.

The shooting victim, who has not been named, was taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The weapon used in the shooting was a handgun, Balafas said, adding that the shooting is under investigation.

Balafas could not confirm the extent of the relationship between the former student and the professor. The chief also could not confirm how many shots were fired.

“It’s a tremendously tragic event,” Balafas said. “We feel so incredibly bad for the professor’s family, friends and colleagues, and our hearts just really go out to them.”

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