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Western Carolina University lockdown lifted, bank robbery suspect in custody

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Source: Western Carolinian (WCU Newspaper) Source: Western Carolinian (WCU Newspaper)

CULLOWHEE, NC (WBTV) - Western Carolina University Police have lifted the lockdown on campus after authorities arrested a man who was suspected of robbing a bank near the campus Wednesday morning.

"The Community may resume normal activities at this time. We will maintain a larger police presence on campus for the remainder of the day but again, we are lifting the shelter in place and believe that the Campus Community is safe and may go about their normal activities," Police Chief Ernie Hudson wrote in an alert on the school's emergency website.

The 'Shelter-In-Place' alert was ordered just before 11am out of caution, although the gunman had not been spotted on the school's campus.

There were no reports of sightings on campus during the 2 hour lockdown.

The gunman had been described as a white male, wearing a mask, a hooded maroon sweatshirt, and blue jeans with a patch. Hudson confirmed a dye pack went off as the suspect left the scene of the robbery.

The name of the person arrested by Jackson County Sheriff's investigators was not immediately released.

While normal activity has resumed on campus, Interim Provost Beth Lofquist said the final exam schedule would be altered because of the lockdown.

"Today's face to face exams are postponed until further notice – including the exam scheduled for noon." she wrote.

"Exams are not canceled all together. They are postponed until further notice. The noon face-to-face exam is canceled and will need to be rescheduled," she added.

"The exam schedule will resume with this afternoon's 3 p.m. exam. More information will be provided concerning the make-up of today's exam scheduled for noon. Faculty will work with students who are unable to attend an exam session due to the interrupted schedules," an email from University Spokesperson Teresa Tate revealed.

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