Man dies in woods by Amherst College

  • Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. STAFF FILE PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 3/14/2019 8:06:34 AM

AMHERST — A 27-year-old Amherst man was found dead of an “apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound” in the area of Mill Lane near Groff Park on Wednesday night, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

Police were sent to the area after they received a report of an “emotionally distraught” man with a gun. 

No foul play is suspected, according to the DA’s office, nor is there a danger to public safety. 

Amherst College was placed on lockdown while police searched for the man in the woods south of the college. At around 9:30 p.m., the college sent out a tweet instructing students to “take shelter in a locked building until further notice.”

According to the DA, the lockdown was lifted at 10:45 p.m.  At 11:10 p.m., Amherst College tweeted that the individual had been located by police.

In an additional tweet, the college stated that the individual is not believed to be associated with Amherst College.

A spokeswoman for the DA’s office told the Gazette that a missing person search conducted by state police Wednesday night was attempting to locate the same man. 

State, campus and Amherst Police assisted in the search efforts.

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