Campbell University was locked down Wednesday afternoon during a standoff between Harnett County deputies and a student in a residence on the Buies Creek campus, authorities said.
Deputies were trying to serve papers on Jared Dale Knight, 24, when he barricaded himself inside a private home on the Campbell campus, university spokesman Britt Davis said.
Knight was dishonorably discharged from the Air Force in August 2008 for taking about $10,600 in military property for his own use and impersonating a Texas wildlife officer, according to military court records.
Fuquay-Varina police arrested him Tuesday on a charge of larceny by employee, and he was released after posting a $3,000 bond. His only previous criminal record in civilian courts involved traffic offenses, court records show.
On Knight’s Facebook page, he says that he is from Lubbock, Texas, and is studying youth ministry at Campbell. He also notes that he works at Sovereign Guns in Fuquay-Varina.
The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office dispatched members of its SWAT team to Campbell during the incident.
The Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and the Fine Arts Building were evacuated, and students and staff were taken to Taylor Hall, Davis said.
University officials have asked that all students, faculty and staff remain inside classroom buildings or residence halls, but Davis said officials ordered the lockdown only as a precaution. They don’t believe any other students are in immediate danger, he said.
All classes scheduled for Wednesday evening on the Buies Creek campus have been canceled.