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Security guard fired after falsely claiming black man shot him

Security guard fired after falsely claiming black man shot him

Police said Brent Ahlers accidentally shot himself and lied to cover it up, fearing he would lose his job since he was not permitted to bring his personal firearm to the St. Catherine University campus.

On Wednesday, Ahlers recanted his story, telling St. Paul police that he was nervous about being fired over having his gun at work and shooting himself.

'(The event) had, basically, 1,800 students held captive in their dorm rooms on the college of St. Catherine, ' Sgt. Mike Ernster said, according to KSTP. Tuesday night, he called 911 to report that he was shot by a suspicious person he confronted in a wooded area on the St. Catherine University campus.

Emergency dispatch audio described the so-called suspect as a black man with a "short Afro" in a navy blue sweatshirt, according to police. Ahlers later admitted that his gun accidentally went off and he made up the story to keep his job.

"While we are distressed and saddened that this incident occurred, we are relieved that no other members of the community were injured", said Becky Roloff, the university president, September 13.

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On Tuesday night and early Wednesday, police conducted an extensive search and advised people to stay indoors as they searched for the shooter. He has been charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and will likely be released from the Ramsey County jail after being booked and fingerprinted.

University officials say the school's public safety and president's offices communicated with the campus community via text messaging and email during the four-hour lockdown.

"That's what black people live with", said Dianne Binns, president of the St. Paul NAACP.

"The statements attributed to the former employee concerning the race of an alleged suspect are deeply troubling and do not reflect our values", a statement from St. Catherine read. After the shooting, Ahlers was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries to his shoulder.