A man who was believed to be armed with a rifle was taken into custody Tuesday in Bloomington, Indiana after police spent hours searching for him in the sewer system beneath the college town.
Bloomington police began searching for the suspect about 12:30 p.m. EDT in the sewers, said Bloomington Police Capt. Ryan Pedigo. Authorities said the suspect, who wasn’t identified, was wanted on warrants. He was transported to a local hospital after being removed from a storm drain by police, officials said around 5:30 p.m.
Authorities did not say whether a firearm was located or how the man was injured.
Indiana University sent out an alert Tuesday afternoon, saying a person was seen entering a storm drain near downtown. The alert said campus police were monitoring a sewer exit on the campus’ Dunn Meadow near Franklin Hall, where residents were sheltering in place.
“We are working with Utilities to determine the underground sewer tunnels that a person could fit in,” the Bloomington Police Department said in a tweet.
The department said multiple agencies were on scene and assisting in the search in the city about 50 miles south of Indianapolis.
Although the man was believed to be armed with a gun, he didn’t fire any shots, police said.
The lengthy underground search left roads throughout downtown Bloomington blocked off, especially near sewer drain exits, Indiana University’s student-run newspaper, the Indiana Daily Student, reported.
Contributing: Associated Press