Man with Gun on CSU Campus Dies after Police Shooting

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A male non-student seen loading a gun near student apartments on the Columbus State University campus was shot by CSU Police officers Sunday afternoon, later dying of his injuries.

The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office confirmed to CSU Police that the man had been declared dead at The Medical Center. The identity of the deceased was being withheld pending notification of his family.

No one else was injured in the shooting.

As is common practice throughout Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

A CSU Police dispatcher got a call reporting the presence of the person with a gun in Courtyard 1 student apartments at 2:35 p.m. Officers were dispatched immediately, arriving and confronting the suspect at 2:38 p.m. After a brief foot chase, the suspect turned to face officers, and shots were fired.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to The Medical Center at 3:15 p.m.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” CSU President Tim Mescon said. “We will cooperate fully with the investigation by GBI. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this, as well as their families.”

CSU Police Chief Rus Drew said officers later confirmed the shooter was not a student at Columbus State and had no other connection to the university.

Columbus State’s Counseling Center is taking steps to make counselors available to talk to students as needed.

About 1,250 Columbus State students live in campus apartments designed for students. The main campus complex where the shooting occurred, Courtyard 1, is the university's largest student housing area with 444 students living there.

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