Security guard admits to lying about school shooting

Brent Patrick Ahlers

Police said they arrested 25-year-old Brent Patrick Ahlers after he admitted he accidentally shot himself on duty Tuesday night at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

St. Catherine University Security Officer Brent Ahlers admitted to shooting himself an blaming an nonexistent attacker after a day of campus lockdown and citywide manhunt for the fake attacker. "The statements attributed to the former employee concerning the race of an alleged suspect are deeply troubling and do not reflect our values", said a statement on the school's website.

Police spokesman Mike Ernster told local media: "He was nervous about losing his job due to the fact that he had his gun at work, and what had occurred, so he made up the story to cover what had happened".

Authorities say the guard told investigators he was handling his gun when it fired, striking him in the shoulder. He was booked into Ramsey County Jail for falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor, before being released. The university said he was placed on paid leave from his job. That's the sad thing about it.

Ahler's case has been presented to the city attorney's office to be considered for charges above and beyond the false-report citation.

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"I think everything and anything will be talked about and what is going to be the most prudent for the campus at large will be looked at".

Unfortunately, the 55 officers, four K-9 units, and State Patrol helicopter would have needed something else in order to track down the suspect - the power of imagination.

On Tuesday night and early Wednesday, police conducted an extensive search and advised people to stay indoors as they searched for the shooter. He holds an associate degree in law enforcement and completed law enforcement skills training at Hennepin Technical College.

University president Becky Roloff said he worked at the college for 15 months and had no previous reports of misconduct.

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