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

JONESBORO, Ark. JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — An armed man who had posted on Facebook that he was homicidal drove onto the Arkansas State University campus Thursday, sparking a lockdown before police took him into custody without any shots fired, university and police officials said.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. Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott said Brad Kenneth Bartelt, 47, of Jonesboro, had a 12-gauge shotgun and containers of gasoline and propane with him when he drove his truck onto a plaza east of the student union.

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.

The chief said that, when he arrived, Bartelt was sitting in the truck with his foot out the window and the shotgun visible, yelling something inaudible. 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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