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Police Investigation Prompted Precautionary Campus Lockdown

Posted 05/16/2014
Posted by David Isgur

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, a car accident and the resulting police investigation on and near the University of Hartford campus caused the campus to go into lockdown as a precautionary measure.

A driver involved in the crash at Albany Avenue and Sigourney Street in Hartford called police and told them the other driver fled the scene, drove toward Bloomfield Ave., stopped near the campus, and ran. She said the other driver then returned to the car and drove off again. When West Hartford Police stopped the vehicle, Tylon Engram, the man driving, allegedly said he had been a passenger at the time of the accident. Police say Engram claimed his friend was driving and had run onto campus after being shot at. Investigators now believe those claims were false.

Based on information they had at the time, West Hartford Police were concerned the unidentified friend was armed and notified University of Hartford Public Safety. A text alert advising the campus community to shelter in place was sent as a precaution. Following an exhaustive search by officers from several law enforcement agencies and further interviews with the original witness, investigators determined Engram was lying and that no one had fled toward campus and that no shots were fired. The lockdown was lifted at 12:44 a.m. on Friday, May 16. Another text message was sent to notify the community.

The lockdown was a precautionary measure based on information gathered during an ongoing investigation. As officers learned more during the course of their investigation, they discovered there was no threat to the safety of those on campus.