MIT officer shot dead on campus

12:46 AM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
Police secure an area near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass, after a shooting incident involving a campus officer.(Photo: Matt Rourke, AP)
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (USA TODAY) -- A Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed Thursday night at the school's campus outside Boston, police said.

Police in Cambridge, Mass., where the school is located, issued a pair of Tweets saying that an officer reported shot around 10:30 p.m. had died.

"Police, DA Investigating Fatal Shooting of Campus Police Officer In Cambridge,'' the department Tweeted.

A Cambridge police officer confirmed the officer was shot but provided no other information.

Massachusetts State Police said it was assisting Cambridge and campus police in their investigation.

State police said no one had been arrested.

MIT campus police referred a caller to the campus news bureau, where no one answered calls.

State police spokesman Dave Procopio said the shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. local time outside an MIT building, the Associated Press reported. The injured officer was described as a male but no further information about him was released.

Procopio says authorities are searching for a suspect or suspects.

About 11,000 people attend the prestigious school. The MIT campus is in Cambridge, just across the Charles River from Boston and less than two miles from Copley Square, where two bombs exploded Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, triggering a massive manhunt for what the FBI said were two suspects.

The school posted a statement on its website saying only that there had been gunshots heard near the Stata building on campus. It said the area was cordoned off by police and urged students to stay away from the area.

"At 10:48 PM today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies. The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred.. Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous, an investigation is underway. Updates will be provided at this site when more information becomes available."

The Cambridge police posted a statement on Twitter that they do not have a suspect in custody.

MIT issued a Tweet saying the investigation was continuing and warning: "Stay vigilant, stay indoors and away from Building 32/76 (Stata/Koch).''

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