Guard Shot At Catholic University Arrested

St. Catherine Security Guard Out of Hospital; Police Trying to Determine What Happened

Saint Paul Sergeant Mike Ernster says 55 police officers, four K-9 units, and a State Patrol aircraft searched for the alleged suspect.

In a statement, St. Catherine officials apologized for the impact the event has had on the entire community saying in part, "What happened over these past few days perpetuates a unsafe stereotype and echoes our country's tragic and continuing history of racism".

Ahlers was treated Tuesday night at Regions Hospital.

Freshman Ahna Boe told a local CBS station, "I definitely don't think I'll be walking outside after dark anymore".

"It had residents of the Mac-Groveland and Highland Park communities fearful that a suspect was on the loose and they could be victimized at any moment", Ernster said. The security guard was reportedly afraid of losing his job.

Brent Ahlers, 25, admitted to police that he actually shot himself by accident and lied to cover it up.

Police charged Ahlers with a misdemeanor September 13 for the false report. Authorities conducted an "exhaustive" search for the suspect after Ahlers told police a "black male" was responsible for his injury.

According to a statement from Saint Catherine University President Becky Roloff, Ahlers has been on the Saint Catherine Department of Public Safety for 15 months with no reports of misconduct prior to Tuesday's incident.

"This was a ugly crime by this man", said Tyrone Terrill, president of the African American Leadership Council.

A St. Paul, Minn., police spokesman speaks at a press conference September 13, 2017, announcing the arrest of Brent Ahlers for fabricating a story about a nonexistent black shooter.

"We've been lynched, and we've been put in jail to find out later you haven't done it", Dianne Binns said.

Ahlers had previously said he was shot in the shoulder by a person he confronted in a wooded area on campus, according to WCCO.

St. Catherine University President ReBecca Roloff released a statement later that day announcing he had been fired while saying the school "strongly condemns racial discrimination, racial stereotyping, and racial profiling of any kind".

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