The man who made threats at Southern Adventist University Thursday afternoon, prompting a 2-hour lockdown, was a former student at the University.
Collegedale Police say James Gaines was taken into custody hours after he made threats to use firearms and explosives on the campus, and said he was on the way to the campus.
The threats reportedly happened around noon. Police say Gaines wasn't on campus when the threats were made.
"As far as we know right now, the suspect was upset over some delayed paperwork and made a specific threat against the campus," says Collegedale Police officer Tonya Saddler.
While police were trying to locate Gaines, they received reports of shots fired inside of Talge Hall - a men's dormitory on campus. Police say they also received 911 calls from students who said they believed Gaines was located inside the dormitory.
Police didn't find Gaines inside and there was no evidence of a shooting.
About an hour after the campus wide lockdown, NewsChannel 9's Briona Arradondo captured video on her cell phone showing Chattanooga police picking up the suspect at the YMCA on Shallowford Road.
Many students say all of this was overwhelming.
"It's definitely unusual, nothing like that really happens around here ever and it's usually pretty quiet and all of a sudden the swat team shows up so it's a little scary," says SAU student Derek Schutter.
Depend on us to bring you more as we learn more.
By Jerry Askin
The lockdown at Southern Adventist University ended about 2:30 Thursday afternoon.
Collegedale police have only said they "received a credible off-campus threat." Chattanooga police told NewsChannel 9 reporters on the scene that they have
taken a "person of interest" into custody at the YMCA on Gunbarrel Rd.
It was shortly after Noon when officials declared the lockdown at SAU and other nearby Hamilton County schools. However at this time those other schools have been taken off lockdown as well.
Police have not released any information regarding the "person of interest."
We'll have more on this story as it becomes available.Photo by Mikey Fuller, NewsChannel 9