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FSU PD says 'dangerous situation' is now under control, suspect remains at large

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 08:02:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University police says the "dangerous situation" that prompted an emergency alert Monday morning is now under control.

According to FSU PD, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a search warrant at 2000 Hayden street on Monday morning.

Police say while the warrant was being issued, the suspect jumped from second story window and ran toward stadium drive.

Following a brief foot pursuit, FDLE lost sight of the suspect.

While searching the apartment, a gun was found.

After finding the gun, FDLE determined the suspect could possibly be in possession of a separate firearm.

FSU PD says it is unknown if the suspect did in fact possess a firearm, but out of an abundance of caution, FDLE advised officers that there was a possibility.

In caution, Florida State University issued an alert message advising the campus community to seek shelter.

Police then searched the area and went through buildings.

At this time, FSU PD says they have assessed the situation and has announced that it is "under control."

The suspect was not located on campus and remains at large.

Police have identified the suspect as 22-year-old Vincent Bell.

Bell is described as being approximately 5’10,” small muscular build, with short hair.

He was last seen with no shirt, wearing light blue gym shorts and slides sandals.

As a precaution, Law Enforcement presence will remain strong on campus for the immediate future.

However, FSU PD has given the university permission to resume normal activities responsibly.

Further updates regarding this incident will be posted at

Florida State University has just sent out an alert warning of a "dangerous situation" on campus as they search for a suspect.

The alert was sent out at 11:45 a.m. on Monday.

When ABC 27 reached out to the FSU Police Department, a representative said that while the campus isn't officially on lockdown, they are searching for a suspect.

Police are looking for a male subject wearing shorts and no shirt, traveling on foot in the direction of Stadium Drive from Jackson Bluff Road. That suspect is potentially armed with a hand gun.

At this time, FSU PD has not said what that suspect is connected to, but the alert said "a dangerous or life-threatening situation exists on the Florida State University campus."

People on campus are encouraged to get inside and stay away from doors and windows. You should remain sheltered until an “all clear” has been issued. Persons in need of immediate emergency assistance should call 9-1-1 or on Campus FSUPD – 850.644.1234.

ABC 27 has a reporter on the way to campus. Stay with us for details.