Suspect armed with BB gun arrested hours after triggering ‘take shelter’ warning

Posted at 12:19 PM, Nov 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 14:45:27-05

HOLLAND, Mich. —The suspect accused of waling into a Holland seminary with a gun, is in custody.

Holland police tell FOX 17 the man was found by an undercover officer just blocks from Western Theological Seminary Thursday afternoon. About 3 hours earlier, that man was seen entering a building at the seminary with a gun in his hand. When officers put him under arrest, they found out it was a BB gun.

Because of how close the first situation was to Hope College, the school issued the alert at 11:45 a.m. and said a suspect in a violent crime is presumed to be near campus.

In a text message sent to students, the school said a person carried a gun into a building and no threats were made.

Officers searched the building but didn’t find the person and later learned they had left the area before they arrived.

The suspect is being held on unrelated charges.