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Lockdown

Students and faculty take to their phones in a media equipment closet in the Visual Communication building on Montana State University's campus during the lockdown Thursday.

BOZEMAN — Montana State University officials say an employee will undergo a mental health evaluation after making threatening statements that caused a campus-wide lockdown.

School officials said in a statement Friday that the man is not under arrest, and no charges have been filed against him. His name has not been released.

On Thursday, MSU students, employees, and visitors were ordered to stay in locked rooms with window blinds drawn for over an hour until officers detained the man.

MSU police chief Frank Parrish says the man was about to be fired from his campus job. He told a relative and said on social media that he was suicidal and that he was willing to take others with him.

Officials say the man cooperated with police and consented to searches of his home and vehicle.

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