An incident in which an Oregon State University student in "emotional distress" barricaded himself inside his residence hall room ended Tuesday night when the student jumped out of his fifth-floor window as officers attempted to get inside the room.
The student, who was not identified, was detained by law enforcement and was transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, said OSU spokesman Steve Clark. Additional details about the student's condition were not immediately known.
Officials said the general public was not at risk during the incident, but OSU took the precaution of evacuating the 60 to 75 other students on the fifth floor of OSU's Hawley Hall. In addition, the student reportedly set a fire in his room, which activated the room's fire sprinkler. That caused potential water damage to the fourth-floor rooms underneath, prompting some additional evacuations.
The student was alone in his room. It was not known Tuesday night whether the student, reportedly in his mid-20s, had any sort of weapon.
Clark said the student was heard making threatening statements earlier on Tuesday, but that the threats were not directed at any specific person or target.
"There were statements made that could be construed to be aggressive and threatening, so we're not taking anything for granted," Clark said.
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A press release issued at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by university officials said the student was "experiencing a crisis," but offered no additional details.
Oregon State University public safety officials and Oregon State Police troopers responded to the scene, the press release said.
Specially trained State Police crisis communicators and representatives from the Benton County Mental Health Department were on the scene for several hours talking with the student in an attempt to resolve the issue peacefully. In contacts with those communicators, the student "expressed emotional distress," Clark said.
OSU’s Department of Public Safety asked that OSU community members and the general public stay out of the area, bordering Southwest Jefferson Way, Southwest Weatherford Place, Southwest Intramural Lane and Southwest Sackett Place.
Evacuated students who were not able to make other arrangements were relocated to other available dorm rooms on campus.
Hawley Hall, 311 Sackett Place, houses about 270 students on its five floors.