bozeman msu police responding incident

BOZEMAN - A Montana State University worker is in custody after a social media post raised concerns.

MSU Chief of Police Frank Parrish said the suspect, who has not been identified, was an employee of MSU who was in the process of being terminated.

The man reportedly made a social media post alluding to violence and reading in part "F-- this life I am ready to check out," Parrish said.

Police were also concerned by a report that the man owns at least three guns.

MSU campus police, Bozeman city officers, Montana Highway Patrol troopers, Gallatin County Emergency Management representatives, and Gallatin County sheriff's deputies all responded to campus or assisted in the investigation to find the man and arrest him. 

Chief Parrish says today's incident shows just how strong the connections between law enforcement in the valley are, as well as how well the university's emergency plan works.

"It was because of those relationships and because of the security measures that we put in place that we feel we were able to respond so quickly," Parrish said at a Thursday press conference. "Safety on our campus is our number one priority, and when we see and hear about things like this we take it very seriously, which is obvious by the way we responded to this."

No weapons were found during the arrest.

The man's name hasn't been released, pending criminal charges.

The MSU campus was under a shelter-in-place warning for over an hour on Thursday.

Residents can sign up for MSU alerts to be notified about emergencies by clicking here.

-Reporting by Rachel Louise Just

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