Students thankful after coming face to face with ASU armed suspect

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Arkansas State armed suspect said on Facebook he was ‘homicidal,’ police say.

In this photo provided by Jason Penry, a truck is parked on the lawn in front of the student union at Arkansas State University, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in Jonesboro, Ark.What began with a series of tough, if suggestive, questions from a correspondent for Russian government-funded news ended with department spokesman John Kirby delivering an uncharacteristically severe indictment of Russian military activity in Syria and press conduct. “I can’t believe that you aren’t embarrassed to ask these questions,” Kirby said several minutes into the back-and-forth with Chichakyan, whose questioning has previously prompted sharp — if more restrained — exchanges. “You have to be looking at these questions and almost laughing to yourself, don’t you?

Police surrounded the green pickup truck parked on a lawn near Arkansas State University’s student union after locking down the Jonesboro campus, said university spokesman Bill Smith. SWAT officers cuffed the man, later identified as Brad Kenneth Bartelt, 47, with no reported injuries or shots fired. “Report of an active shooter spotted at the student union,” the university wrote on Twitter. “Everyone should evacuate to the west side of the building and clear the area.” Images on social media showed the truck with an American flag flying from a pole in the back in a deserted area with cruisers all around. Turkey has stationed troops near Mosul since 2014, but the arrival of additional servicemen last week prompted an uproar in Baghdad, forcing Turkey to halt the new deployment.

Kirby said all U.S. military assistance in Iraq is coordinated with Iraq’s government, and any suggestion otherwise is “just a completely baseless charge.” When Chichakyan asked why the U.S. was essentially saying, “It’s none of our business,” Kirby shot back, “Again, another ridiculous question.” He said the U.S. was letting Turkey and Iraq work out their differences so everyone else can focus on fighting IS — “which, by the way, the Russians aren’t doing.” Washington says Moscow’s airstrikes since September have focused on shoring up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and not, as the Russians claim, with defeating IS. “You can ask whatever you want. … A day earlier, officers went to Bartelt’s home after receiving a call about a Facebook post where he said he was “suicidal and now homicidal.” In the post, Bartelt referred to an incident with the Social Security administration. Officers had visited Bartelt’s home Wednesday after learning of an apparently suicidal Facebook post he had written that day, said Jonesboro Police Department spokesman Paul Holmes. About five minutes later, Miller said, “people came running and screaming freaking out.” The university reportedBartelt captured around 3 p.m. local time. Arkansas State has over 13,000 students and Jonesboro suffered its own mass shooting in 1998, when two boys who went to Westside Middle School gunned down four of their fellow students and one of their teachers.

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