The former University of Arizona student who fatally shot a professor Wednesday with a handgun was arrested hours later.
Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Department Head Dr. Thomas Meixner was shot on campus Wednesday afternoon. UA Police Chief Paula Balafas identified the suspect as Murad Dervis, 46, during a press briefing. Balafas said authorities were able to track the suspect and stop his vehicle at Gila Bend, Ariz.
A female caller alerted campus police at 1:09 p.m. Wednesday that a former student was in the John W. Harshbarger building on the main campus. She informed police the man was not allowed to be in the building and asked police to remove him from the premises.
Balafas said officers responded to the call, arriving within eight minutes but Dervish had already shot professor Meixner.
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Minutes later, police received a call that shots had been fired in the building, and Dervish fled before they arrived. A faculty member inside the building told Tucson.com that he heard seven to 10 gunshots. Dervish was captured after a traffic stop with assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The professor, whose name has not been released, was rushed to a local hospital, but Balafas said that he was pronounced dead after arrival. The university canceled classes for the remainder of Wednesday, and it’s unclear if classes inside the John W. Harshbarger Building will resume Thursday.
“Arizona is praying for the family and friends of the professor and those affected by today’s tragedy in Tucson,” Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) tweeted Wednesday evening.
Meixner was rushed by ambulance to Banner University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead while being treated in the emergency room, Balafas said.
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