BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A man armed with a machete was shot and killed by police Wednesday at the University of Colorado in Boulder after officials say he refused to drop the weapon.
The unidentified man brandished the machete in a menacing way during an altercation with another person in the parking lot of a sports complex and then went inside a building, campus police spokesman Scott Pribble said.
Police confronted him and asked him to drop the weapon, Pribble said.
"He refused and it was at that time for public safety that shots were fired," he said.
Pribble said he did not know the nature of the altercation in the parking lot, or whether the man was a student.
Hours after the shooting, police responded to a report of an active shooter at the school's student union but concluded it was false. Both the sports complex and the University Memorial Center, home of the campus' bookstore and cafeteria, were closed as police investigated both events.
In both cases, the university sent text alerts to all students, faculty and staffers telling them to take protective action but classes continued. Since they are spread out across the campus or may not even be there, authorities said they leave it to people to decide for themselves how to best respond to possible threats.