A lock down of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus was lifted at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, after the person who was the subject of a manhunt by local law enforcement agencies was reportedly captured.
According to an alert issued by the TAMUK Office of Public Affairs, the lock down was lifted when university officials were informed that one armed suspect and several unarmed individuals were apprehended.
Daniel Doty, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Border Patrol, confirmed five individuals and the driver of a pickup truck were apprehended, but said he had no information that any of those captured was armed. Law enforcement has concluded its search for the remaining individuals, Doty said.
Wednesday’s lock down began shortly after 3 p.m., after a dozen suspected illegal immigrants fled from a pickup truck near the university campus.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Eric Hinojosa said Wednesday he initiated a traffic stop on a pickup truck on Highway 141 west of Kingsville near the King Ranch gate shortly after 3 p.m.
As he initiated the stop, 12 individuals jumped out of the truck and began fleeing the scene. No shots were fired in the incident, Hinojosa said.
The driver of the truck, identified as a 29-year old Elsa man, was detained by Trooper Hinojosa and informed him that he was stopped in Premont and was forced at gunpoint to transport the group of illegal immigrants, Hinojosa said.
The individual who allegedly forced the driver to transport the illegal immigrants was identified as a young Hispanic man wearing a black shirt and black pants.
Two individuals fled the scene in the direction of the university campus, Hinojosa said, while the other 10 fled toward the area of the King Ranch Visitor Center.
No information on the identitys of those captured was released by law enforcement Wednesday evening.
In addition to Department of Public Safety personnel, law enforcement officers with the U.S. Border Patrol, the Kingsville Police Department, the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Department and the University Police Department assisted in the search for the possible gunman.
Evening classes at the university were cancelled Wednesday, but all classes will resume as normal Thursday morning.