An armed man, who has been identified and remains in custody, has shot dead a police officer and a security officer on the campus of the private university of Bridgewater, in the state of Virginia, in the United States.
“I can confirm that a campus police officer and a campus security officer have died from gunshot wounds today,” university spokesman Logan Bogert said.
The assailant, identified by the Virginia State Police as Alexander Wyatt Campbell, 27, shot the two officers around 1:20 p.m. local time, as reported by the American newspaper ‘The New York Times. ‘.
In a statement, the University has reported that he was captured at 1:55 p.m. (local time) after a “massive search operation” that has involved local, state and federal agents. Upon identification of him, he was taken to a hospital for a gunshot wound and later transferred to the Rockingham County Jail.
The two wounded officers, who were recognized by the university president, have died of their injuries, Bridgewater spokesman Logan Boger later told ABC News.
“Today, our campus community experienced an unspeakable tragedy. Two members of the Bridgewater College family were senselessly and violently taken from us,” Bridgewater College President David Bushman said in a statement.