University sends out emergency alerts, armed suspect near campus

<p><strong>Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Photo Provided</strong></p>

Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Photo Provided


A Muncie Police Department investigator confirmed to The Daily News Wednesday afternoon Anderson Police Department arrested Brady Allen Turner, 25, after he tried to break into someone’s Anderson, Indiana, home. 

Turner, who police suspect is involved in a southside stabbing that occurred Monday night, is the same suspect related to the emergency alert that was sent to the Ball State area on Tuesday.

In an email sent by Superintendent of Delaware County Corporation Reece Mann, the district  will continue Tuesday's safety procedures with increased supervision during car pick-up. Bus drivers will only drop off students at bus stops if a parent or guardian is visible by the stop.

Since the current location of the suspect was unknown early Wednesday, Principal of Burris Laboratory School Dawn Miller said the school isn’t on a modified lockdown, where students stay in class, but no one is allowed to leave or enter the building. Tuesday, the school underwent an hour-long modified lockdown after the suspect, who was said to be armed with a knife, was near Northwest Plaza. 

“At that point, I didn’t know if the suspect was on foot or in car, but knew that proximity was close enough to the school that if he were to be in a car, things could change very quickly and [he could] head south towards the school, so I opted to do that because there was a known location where he had been seen,” Miller said 


Nearly three hours after a university notification was sent to students, Muncie Police and University Police are continuing attempts to locate an armed suspect near Ball State's campus.

The suspect, said to be a white male wearing camo shorts and a gray shirt, is on foot and armed with a knife, according to the most recent notification sent around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The original notification was sent to students around 12:40 p.m. stating that the suspect was last seen near the Northwest Plaza Shopping Center, located on McGalliard Road and Wheeling Avenue, and possibly running north from the area.  

Police have set up a perimeter from the Northwest Plaza to Morrison Road.

MPD advises those in the area to not approach the suspect and contact 911 if he is located.

There is not a shelter in place declared for Ball State. However, local community schools are being impacted by the search. 

Reece Mann, superintendent of Delaware Community School Corporation, sent an email to parents around 2 p.m. Tuesday stating that "students who ride the school bus after school will only be dropped off if a parent or guardian is visible in front of the home. ... Those students not dropped off will return to their school where parents may pick up accordingly."

The Daily News has reached out and is awaiting comment from MPD regarding the investigation and identity of the armed suspect. 

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