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Gunman On UConn-Avery Point Campus

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GROTON, Conn. (AP) _ State police say the gunman who forced an evacuation at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus has committed suicide.

Lt. J. Paul Vance, a department spokesman, says hours of negotiations and the use of non-lethal tactics ended when the man turned a gun on himself before dawn.

The gunman has not been identified.

An emergency alert was posted on the school’s website at about 11:35 p.m. Monday ordering an evacuation. Early Tuesday, a UCONN spokeswoman said a despondent man had crawled beneath a dock and police negotiators were talking with him. The school overlooks Long Island Sound.

Police said officers had set up a perimeter around the man, who is alone and confined in a small area.

Several local police departments and a state police emergency services unit were on the scene providing assistance.

“He doesn’t appear to be a threat to others, but we want to secure his safety” and that of the police officers, spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said of the man.

Reitz said it’s not known if he has any connection to the university.

She said because it is summer there were very few people on campus and classes were finished by late Monday night. The university, which offers four-year degrees in marine sciences, maritime studies and American studies, has no on-campus housing.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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