Police clear area near Memorial Union after WiscAlert was issued

MADISON, Wis. - Officials say it is safe to return to the the area near Memorial Union after a WiscAlert was issued Wednesday night. 

Officials were asking people to avoid the area after a man was reported running with a gun toward the union. An updated alert said the area was cleared about half an hour later. 


A Dane County dispatcher told News 3 a call reporting a disturbance came in around 10:43 p.m. Wednesday night. Madison Police Department responded to the 200 block of West Lake Lawn where a man was reported running in the direction of the Union with a gun.

Madison police said a 911 caller said one man had a gun and was chasing another man toward the Memorial Union.

The alert said the man was wearing a maroon Texas A&M jersey. The alert was issued at 11:08 p.m. and was cleared by 11:37 p.m. Wednesday. 

Madison police said in a release two men were seen running toward the Memorial Union and could not confirm if either had a gun. 

One man did match the description in the WiscAlert, according to the release. The other man was wearing a long, black leather jacket.

Police believe the two men were acquaintances who were likely running from the Lakelawn Place area together.

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