A man believed to be armed with a rifle was taken into custody Tuesday in Bloomington, Indiana, after police spent hours searching for him in the sewer system beneath the college town.
Bloomington Police Department began searching for the suspect in the sewers around 12:30 a.m. EDT, Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo said. Authorities said the suspect, who was not identified, was wanted with warrants. He was taken to a local hospital after being pulled from a cistern by police, officials said around 5:30 p.m.
Authorities have not said whether a firearm was found or how the man was injured.
Indiana University issued an alert Tuesday afternoon, saying that a person had entered a storm drain near downtown. The warning said campus police were monitoring a sewer outlet on campus ‘Dunn Meadow near Franklin Hall, where residents took shelter in place.
“We are working with Utilities to determine the underground sewer tunnels a person could fit in,” Bloomington Police said in a tweet.
The department said multiple agencies were on the scene and assisting with the search in the city, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis.
Although the man was believed to be armed with a handgun, he did not fire any shots, police said.
The lengthy underground search caused roads in downtown Bloomington to be closed, especially near sewer drains, Indiana University’s student-run newspaper the Indiana Daily Student reported.
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