SWAT team called to barricade situation minutes away from Eastern Michigan University's campus

Minutes away from Eastern Michigan University, a 33-year-old man was shot and injured by Washtenaw Metro SWAT who responded to a reported barricade situation Friday, Jan. 13, in the 700 block of Lowell Street. Even though the incident bordered EMU campus, students were not notified of the situation.

The man injured by the SWAT member, Rodger Ketchman, was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree home invasion, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and malicious destruction of a building.

According to MLive, an EMU student and resident of the apartment where the barricade occurred witnessed part of the event.

“I heard the cops saying ‘Put down the knife and come out.’ I just stood there in shock,” said EMU graduate student Jessica Teslow.

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, universities that receive federal funding are required to disclose information about certain crimes and public safety.

According to MLive, “Geoff Larcom, EMU spokesman, said the act requires timely warnings to be issued when there is an immediate or continuing threat to students, faculty or staff, such as when a suspect in a violent crime is at large.”

Larcom said the situation did not immediately threaten students on campus.


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