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House standoff on NC college campus ends

NC campus standoff ends with student's surrender; arrested on charge of stealing assault rifle By The Associated Press

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) ' A standoff at Campbell University ended peacefully Wednesday after a student who had slipped out of handcuffs and locked himself in his home surrendered to sheriff's deputies following a three-hour lockdown of the campus.

Jared Dale Knight, a 24-year-old freshman and Air Force veteran, was being served with a warrant when he broke away from police and locked himself inside his room. As a precaution, the university canceled evening classes and police told students and faculty to remain indoors while officers surrounded the building.

Knight was arrested on Tuesday and charged with stealing an AR-15 carbine from a Fuquay-Varina gun store where he worked. Police in that town said they were looking into a report that other guns had been stolen from the store, but the carbine had been recovered. Following the first arrest, Knight was released after posting a $3,000 bond.



A message left at the gun store Wednesday evening wasn't immediately returned.

Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said Knight was apparently concerned about the effect his arrest would have on his family.

"I think he had a lot of concern about what some other people were thinking of him, his parents particularly," Rollins said after the standoff ended. "He was concerned about them, and the issue of him being arrested last night. Kind of brought it together. That seemed to be a lot of his concern, his parents."

Knight was taken into custody in Harnett County and will face charges related to the standoff. A phone message left at his father's Abilene, Tex. home Wednesday evening wasn't immediately returned.

The younger Knight was persuaded to come out of the house peacefully thanks largely to the efforts of the negotiator from the sheriff's office, Rollins said.

"I think he won his confidence and had him thinking clearly at the end that this needs to end," the sheriff said.

Knight was living at the small, university-owned home on the edge of campus with two other students, according to Campbell spokesman Britt Davis. Davis said Knight had listed himself as an Air Force veteran on his application, but didn't say where he had served. The university was trying to help Knight get veteran's benefits, Davis said.

According to records from the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, Knight was given a bad-conduct discharge and a sentence of eight months' confinement by a military court at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas.

Knight was convicted of keeping a laser range finder, two radios, an infrared camera and a pair of binoculars that he found in a metal trash container. The military property was worth about $10,600.


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