Lockdown lifted at Westfield State University

Police investigated report of man in trench coat, possibly wearing body armor

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at Westfield State University were placed on lockdown for about two hours Monday afternoon, following a report of a suspicious person on the campus.

According to State Police Media Relations, campus police received three separate reports of a white man with a trench coat, backpack, and possibly body armor.

State troopers were called in to help search and secure the campus, and they interviewed the witness who had reported seeing the man.

“There obviously was a subject, whether that subject was a threat, that’s still yet to be determined. There was never any contact made with that individual, so we do not know what the level of, that person’s reason for being here or not,” said the Massachusetts State Police.

Students were placed on lockdown as the search was going on.

Shortly after 2:30 P.M., Westfield State tweeted on their official account that the lockdown had been lifted, and that students can continue normal activities.

State police say that the threat was determined to be unfounded.

Campus police said there will be state police on campus and added patrols for for the time being.

If you have any information or concerns about the lockdown, you are asked to call the Massachusetts State Police at 413-579-3050.