Around Our Area: Valdosta State police find protestor’s gun on campus; arrest warrant issued

Southwest Georgia

Valdosta Today is reporting that Valdosta State University police found a backpack containing a gun at the VSU library. The gun was later linked to Eric Sheppard, one of the persons protesting against racism by walking on the American flag.

The following was posted on the official Valdosta State University website Tuesday afternoon:

At Odum Library at approximately 245 pm, VSU Police were performing extra patrols as part of extra security in light of recent protests at the university. VSU police officers located a backpack on university property and inside the backpack a handgun was found. Unmistakable evidence has now been located by law enforcement linking the gun to Eric Sheppard. Based on that evidence, an independent judge has issued an arrest warrant for Eric Sheppard who has been recently been seen on television as a protester.

Although there was an extensive search for Sheppard by law enforcement and he was not located, he is now wanted and considered armed and dangerous. There is no evidence at this time to reflect that Sheppard is on university property and in fact, law enforcement now believes he is in hiding. We are asking for your help in locating him should you have information; please call University Police at 229-333-7816 or 911.

Please check the VSU website for updates and additional information.

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