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Professor shot, killed on University of Arizona campus; suspect in custody

ABC News 10/6/2022

A professor was shot and killed on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson on Wednesday, campus police said.

The campus police chief said a male professor in the Department of Hydrology was shot and killed by a former student. The suspect was identified by police as Murad Dervish. The professor has not been identified.

Dervish, 46, was taken into custody following a traffic stop by the state’s Department of Public Safety near the town of Gila Bend, University of Arizona Police Chief Paula Balafas said during a news conference.

Police said the suspect used a handgun.

The victim was sent to a local hospital but was pronounced dead by medical staff, Balafas said.

A sign at the entrance to the University of Arizona campus, Tuscon, March 2, 2021. © Kirby Lee/AP, FILE A sign at the entrance to the University of Arizona campus, Tuscon, March 2, 2021.

Police responded to the campus' John W. Harshbarger building "for a shooting," University of Arizona Police said on Twitter shortly after 2 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Police did not issue a lockdown but warned people to stay away from the building and surrounding area.

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"Male suspect was ID'd but no longer on scene. Police currently looking for him," University of Arizona Police had said, describing the suspect as being in his mid-30s with short brown hair and wearing a blue baseball cap and carrying a dark backpack.

All remaining classes being held at the school's main campus were canceled Wednesday, police said.

ABC News' Marilyn Heck and Teddy Grant contributed to this report.

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