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VA official displayed painting of Ku Klux Klan grand wizard in office, said he liked it

A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs displayed a portrait of the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in his office in Washington, and only removed it after employees started a petition drive, according to The Washington Post.

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The executive director of the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, David Thomas Sr., whose staff is mostly African-American, removed the painting on Monday, the Post reported, after employees signed petitions to hand over to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

The painting is a portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general and slave trader, who became the first leader of the KKK, the feared racist group formed after the Civil War, which intimidated and terrorized freed slaves to try and control them.

Thomas told a Washington Post reporter that he was unaware of Forrest’s involvement with the hate group and that he liked the portrait, which shows Forrest astride a horse leaving a battlefield.

“It was just a beautiful print that I had purchased, and I thought it was very nice,” Thomas said. 

He also said he only knew Forrest as a “Southern general in the Civil War” and had only recently hung the portrait when he changed offices.

Some employees told the Post they remember seeing the print in Thomas’ office in 2013.

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Thomas, whose office oversees government contract certification for businesses owned by veterans, is not a political appointee, but a civil servant.

He said the print had been in his basement and that he had only recently hung it when he moved to a larger office at the VA’s administrative headquarters.

 

Orlando-bound Southwest flight struck by lightning, officials say

A Southwest Airlines flight that was heading to Orlando was struck by lightning Tuesday, an airline spokesperson said. 

Flight 2515 from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to Orlando International Airport had to be diverted shortly after takeoff. 

The pilot landed the plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. 

Officials later confirmed the plane was struck by lightning. 

The 135 passengers and crew members on board are OK. 

The aircraft is out of service for a maintenance review.

No other details were released. 

Stay with wftv.com for updates. 

Orlando-bound Southwest flight struck by lightning, officials say

A Southwest Airlines flight that was heading to Orlando was struck by lightning Tuesday, an airline spokesperson said. 

Flight 2515 from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to Orlando International Airport had to be diverted shortly after takeoff. 

The pilot landed the plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. 

Officials later confirmed the plane was struck by lightning. 

The 135 passengers and crew members on board are OK. 

The aircraft is out of service for a maintenance review.

No other details were released. 

Stay with wftv.com for updates. 

Firefighter, wanted for DUI manslaughter in death of wife, found dead at cemetery

The Nassau County Sheriff's Department said that Curtis Bollinger, 48, was found deceased Tuesday by deputies at a cemetery located at Live Oak Baptist Church in Callahan, Florida.

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Deputies said he was found inside his vehicle with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Bollinger was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for DUI manslaughter issued by the Florida Highway Patrol in reference to a motorcycle crash that killed his wife Shannon in Nassau County, authorities said.

The retired firefighter from Nassau County had been wanted on a charge of DUI manslaughter in the death of his wife in April.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Curtis Bollinger had been under the influence the night he crashed on S.R. 200 with his wife, Shannon, on the back of his motorcycle.

Troopers said Shannon Bollinger died at the scene. Neither she nor her husband were wearing a helmet.

Shannon Bollinger was a mother of five children. Curtis was not the biological father.

Troopers said Curtis had a blood alcohol level of .2 percent, which is two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

The crash report said Curtis was traveling 19 mph when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the concrete median.

An arrest warrant for Curtis was issued last Tuesday.

Curtis was a lieutenant with the Nassau County Fire Rescue. The fire department said he retired last Wednesday, a day after the arrest warrant was issued.

Jackpots surge: Mega Millions drawing tonight for $1.6 billion lottery

The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at $1.6 billion after there were no winners in Friday night’s drawing. The Powerball jackpot has now climbed to an estimated $620 million.

Update 7:01 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: The Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday night at 11 p.m. As of Tuesday morning, the jackpot remained at $1.6 billion with a cash payout of $904 million. Click here to find out where you can play.

Update 12:41 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $620 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing. The winning numbers were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2.

Tickets sold in Florida and Tennessee matched five numbers with Power Play to win $2 million each, while tickets sold in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington matched five numbers to win $1 million each.

The next Powerball drawing is Wednesday.

Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: The winning numbers for Saturday’s Powerball drawing were 16-54-57-62-69, Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2.

Update 6 p.m. EDT Oct. 20: The Powerball drawing will take place Saturday at 10:59 p.m. ET with an estimated jackpot of $470 million.

Update 5:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 20: According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers, sending the jackpot to a staggering $1.6 billion. 

The numbers drawn Friday night were 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega ball was 7.

The next drawing is Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Update 11:05 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The winning numbers for Friday night’s staggering Mega Millions jackpot are:  65-53-23-15-70 and the Mega ball is 7.

If no one matches all six numbers, the jackpot increases to $1.6 billion. 

Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Powerball jackpot rose from $430 million to $470 million Friday, one day before the next scheduled drawing.

The news came shortly after officials announced that the Mega Millions jackpot had risen to a record-breaking $1 billion.

Update 12 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Mega Millions jackpot rose Friday to an estimated $1 billion, according to lottery officials.

If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $565 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The prize marks the second time in history that a national lottery game has sported a prize of $1 billion or more. In January 2016, people who bought three winning Powerball tickets split a nearly $1.6 billion jackpot.

The next Mega Millions drawing is scheduled to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: The Mega Millions jackpot rose again Thursday to an estimated $970 million, one day ahead of the next scheduled drawing.

If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $548 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

Georgia Lottery officials said a bump in the estimated jackpot Wednesday was due to “brisk sales” after the jackpot rolled over from Tuesday night’s $667 million drawing, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Update 12:52 a.m. EDT Oct. 18: The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska.

Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball

numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of  Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.

Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.

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The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.  

Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.

The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.

Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11. 

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3. 

Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds?

One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.

The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

Officials: Power to be restored by early November

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Electric utility providers in the Florida Panhandle say they're hoping to have nearly all power restored to customers whose homes are equipped to receive it by early November. That's roughly a month after the area was hit by Hurricane Michael.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the goal Tuesday. This includes the hardest-hit areas of Mexico Beach and towns in Calhoun and Jackson counties where the electrical infrastructure required a complete rebuild.

A governor's office news release says fewer than 47,700 accounts remain without power, down from the more than 400,000 immediately after Hurricane Michael. Both of those totals include homes and businesses destroyed or damaged too heavily to accept power.

Michael slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155 mph (250 kph) winds on Oct. 10, and also affected Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.

9 Investigates: Apopka officer's K-9 mauls small dog

9 Investigates has learned that an Apopka police officer who is under internal investigation for use of force was also involved in another incident.

Officer Kenyon Friedline’s K-9 partner mauled another dog in an incident at a mobile home park last month, reports show. 

The owner of the small dog was also hurt while trying to pry the animals apart.  

The small, 5-year-old rescue dog, named Flacka, which is Spanish for skinny, is still recovering after being mauled by the K-9 during the week of Labor Day.

“Things like this shouldn’t happen,” attorney Dan Morgan said.

The veterinarian bills are mounting.  Morgan said Flacka’s owner took the dog for a walk on a leash in The Valley 55-plus mobile home community, where officer Friedline had his K-9 partner unrestrained and out in the open.

“The K-9 made a beeline for my client’s dog, ended up getting the dog in his mouth, mauled the dog open,” Morgan said.

Friedline is currently on desk duty there while under investigation for a different incident regarding the arrest of alleged burglar, Dalton Mosley. 

Body camera video shows Mosley and Friedline breaking through a wooden fence, and Friedline performing a takedown maneuver, causing the 22-year-old suspect to fall face-down onto the ground.

Friedline’s use of force is under investigation because a captain questioned it during a standard use of force review.

Friedline wrote in a supplemental report that, “Mosley tried pulling away” from him and a “redirection of momentum” caused the suspect to fall.  

“They slammed me through a (expletive) fence,” Mosley told medics on scene.

Apopka’s K-9 policy states, “The handler will maintain physical control of their assigned canine at all times. Canines will be secured on a lead when outside of the handler’s vehicle, unless deployed to apprehend a suspect, inside a secure training facility, or in the performance of his duties.”

“Definitely worries you, one, that it happened, and two, that the officer wasn't able to stop it from happening,” Morgan said.

The owner of Flacka told 9 Investigates that The Valley requires dog owners to sign a paper acknowledging that dogs are to be on leashes at all times.

Apopka police would not comment on the incident. 

9 Investigates: Apopka officer's K-9 mauls small dog

9 Investigates has learned that an Apopka police officer who is under internal investigation for use of force was also involved in another incident.

Officer Kenyon Friedline’s K-9 partner mauled another dog in an incident at a mobile home park last month, reports show. 

The owner of the small dog was also hurt while trying to pry the animals apart.  

The small, 5-year-old rescue dog, named Flacka, which is Spanish for skinny, is still recovering after being mauled by the K-9 during the week of Labor Day.

“Things like this shouldn’t happen,” attorney Dan Morgan said.

The veterinarian bills are mounting.  Morgan said Flacka’s owner took the dog for a walk on a leash in The Valley 55-plus mobile home community, where officer Friedline had his K-9 partner unrestrained and out in the open.

“The K-9 made a beeline for my client’s dog, ended up getting the dog in his mouth, mauled the dog open,” Morgan said.

Friedline is currently on desk duty there while under investigation for a different incident regarding the arrest of alleged burglar, Dalton Mosley. 

Body camera video shows Mosley and Friedline breaking through a wooden fence, and Friedline performing a takedown maneuver, causing the 22-year-old suspect to fall face-down onto the ground.

Friedline’s use of force is under investigation because a captain questioned it during a standard use of force review.

Friedline wrote in a supplemental report that, “Mosley tried pulling away” from him and a “redirection of momentum” caused the suspect to fall.  

“They slammed me through a (expletive) fence,” Mosley told medics on scene.

Apopka’s K-9 policy states, “The handler will maintain physical control of their assigned canine at all times. Canines will be secured on a lead when outside of the handler’s vehicle, unless deployed to apprehend a suspect, inside a secure training facility, or in the performance of his duties.”

“Definitely worries you, one, that it happened, and two, that the officer wasn't able to stop it from happening,” Morgan said.

The owner of Flacka told 9 Investigates that The Valley requires dog owners to sign a paper acknowledging that dogs are to be on leashes at all times.

Apopka police would not comment on the incident. 

New documents contradict Florida Democratic nominee Gillum

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has asserted he paid his way on trips to Costa Rica and New York City that are now the focus of an ongoing ethics investigation, but newly released documents appear to contradict the Tallahassee mayor.

Text messages, video, pictures and other documents surrounding the trip were turned over Tuesday to the state's ethics commission that is probing the trips due to a complaint filed by a local businessman and persistent critic of Gillum.

In one exchange, Gillum is told that he is getting a ticket to the high-profile Broadway show "Hamilton" courtesy of "Mike Miller and the crew." Miller was the alias of an FBI undercover agent who met Gillum through a lobbyist and one-time friend of the rising Democratic star politician. Gillum replies back that getting the ticket is "awesome news."

The documents were turned over to the Florida Commission on Ethics by Christopher Kise, a well-known Tallahassee attorney representing lobbyist Adam Corey. Kise was once Florida's solicitor general and served on the transition team of Republican Gov. Rick Scott when he won in 2010.

Gillum has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing in the ethics probe, which is separate but related to an ongoing FBI investigation into city government. Under Florida law, local officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $100 from a lobbyist or a company that hires a lobbyist.

"I don't take free trips from anybody, I'm a hardworking person," Gillum said on Sunday during a testy debate with Republican Ron DeSantis after the former congressman kept asking him who paid for the "Hamilton" tickets.

Gillum issued a statement contending the records "vindicate and add more evidence" that he paid his way or was with family members who paid for expenses. The Gillum campaign back in September, which released receipts related to the trips, insisted that Gillum received the Broadway ticket because his brother swapped a concert ticket for it. Kise has called that "nonsense.'"

In a Facebook video posted late Tuesday, Gillum said that while the tickets were reserved by friends of Corey and he assumed that they were paid by Marcus Gillum, his brother.

"So far as I know, that was the deal," Andrew Gillum said.

Gillum, who could become Florida's first African-American governor, also added that criticism from his opponents that he is unethical or doing something illegal "reinforce, frankly, stereotypes about black men."

The trips to Costa Rica and New York City came to light after the FBI investigation broke into the open in June 2017. That's when a federal grand jury subpoenaed five years of records from Tallahassee and a local redevelopment agency.

In February, a federal search warrant was accidentally made public on a court website and detailed that the FBI launched its corruption investigation in 2015 and that agents posed as out-of-town real-estate developers and medical marijuana entrepreneurs in order to gain access to various city officials. The warrant stated that agents were focusing on City Commissioner Scott Maddox, a former head of the Florida Democratic Party, and his former chief of staff. Maddox has denied any wrongdoing.

The FBI earlier this year also asked for more records, dealing primarily with an upscale restaurant that is located in a city-owned building. The Edison received $2 million in financial assistance from the city and the local community redevelopment agency.

One of the owners of the restaurant was Corey, who once served as Gillum's campaign treasurer and has known him since college. Gillum vacationed at a luxury resort in Costa Rica in May 2016 with Corey, as well as another investor in the Edison. During that trip, Corey set up a meeting between Gillum and people who ended up being FBI undercover agents.

The records turned over by Corey show that Gillum paid for airfare to Costa Rica with his credit card. But an invoice prepared by Corey's office for the Costa Rica villa that everyone stayed at has Gillum's and his wife's names crossed out, with the words "Hold on billing" listed next to the amount. Kise has said that Corey was never given any money for the trip by Gillum.

The records also include information on other trips involving Corey and Gillum and include texts between "Mike Miller" and Corey about setting up meetings with Gillum.

The state ethics commission is not expected to wrap up its investigation until after the Nov. 6 election. In a statement, Kise said that his client chose to release the records since they would eventually become public once the investigation is over. The statement does not answer lingering questions as to why Corey was working in tandem with FBI undercover agents.

"Mr. Corey has been unfairly and inaccurately portrayed in the media as being engaged in improper or criminal actions," Kise said.

When asked about Corey during the debate, Gillum said that "we all have friends that sometimes let us down."

Republicans, who have already run ads assailing Gillum over the ongoing investigations, seized on the latest disclosures.

"It's now abundantly clear that Andrew Gillum has repeatedly lied about taking free gifts and trips from lobbyists," said Stephen Lawson, a spokesman for the DeSantis campaign.

University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey killed by ex-boyfriend, police and family say

The man suspected of shooting and killing University of Utah college athlete Lauren McCluskey previously dated the 21-year-old, according to police and a statement released Tuesday by the McCluskey family.

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Police said officers found the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, dead early Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a Salt Lake City church.

University officials identified the student who was killed as Lauren McCluskey of Pullman, Washington.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 7:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 23: University of Utah police Chief Dale Brophy confirmed earlier Tuesday that Lauren McCluskey had filed a police report against her alleged killer, Melvin Rowland, just over a week before her death.

However, police did not contact Rowland after the complaint was filed because Brophy said police did not have a correct address for him, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

“He was a walk-away from Fortitude, which is a halfway house here,” Brophy said, according to the Tribune.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted later disputed Brophy’s statements.

Felsted said Rowland did not walk away from a halfway house , that, instead he was living as a parolee at the address in Salt Lake City that is listed on the sex offender registry, the newspaper reported.

Flested also said university police never bothered to tell parole officials about McCluskey’s complaint that Rowland was harassing her.

Update 4:25 p.m. EDT Oct.23: The University of Utah Athletics Department has issued a statement on the murder of  student athlete Lauren McCluskey.

“Everyone associated with our program is devastated by the loss of Lauren,” head coach Kyle Kepler said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

“There are no words to express the emotions and grief we are experiencing right now,” Kepler said.

“Lauren was a wonderful person, an excellent student and a dedicated member of our track and field team,” he said.

“She showed a relentless drive to improve every day over the last three and a half years and was also kind and supportive of her teammates. Those are just some of the reasons why her loss has hit us so hard.”

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 23: University of Utah police Chief Dale Brophy confirmed at a news conference Tuesday that McCluskey filed a police report against Rowland just over a week before her death.

Citing the ongoing investigation, Brophy declined to detail the report, which was made on Oct. 12, with some follow-up from police on Oct. 13.

“All we know at this point (is) they had a prior relationship and it ended,” Brophy said.

McCluskey’s mother, Jill McCluskey, said in a statement to news stations that her daughter dated Rowland for about a month after he lied to the college student about his age and criminal history. Officials said Rowland was a registered sex offender. Jill McCluskey said her daughter’s relationship with Rowland ended on Oct. 9.

Brophy said police got a call around 8:30 p.m. Monday from Jill McCluskey, who worried something might be wrong with her daughter after she abruptly cut off their conversation. Officers were immediately dispatched and investigators found Lauren McCluskey dead in her car. 

Authorities later learned that the shooter, identified as Rowland, had gotten a ride off campus. Brophy said Tuesday that officers had spoken with the person who gave Rowland a ride, although it was not immediately clear whether the person knew of the shooting before picking up the 37-year-old. Brophy said the person was not in custody Tuesday.

Rowland was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound early Tuesday morning after a brief chase by officers with the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Update 9:55 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: In a statement released to KUTV and KSL, McCluskey’s family members said they were on the phone with the 21-year-old as she was heading to her apartment from school on Monday night.

“Suddenly, I heard her yell, ‘No, no, no!’” said her mother, identified by KSL as Jill McCluskey. “I thought she might have been in a car accident. That was the last I heard from her. … In a few minutes, a young woman picked up the phone and said all of Lauren’s things were on the ground.”

University of Utah police Lt. Brian Wahlin told KSTU that McCluskey had a prior relationship with Rowland. Family members told KUTV and KSL that she had dated Rowland for about a month.

Family members said McCluskey had previously complained to University of Utah police that she was being harassed by Rowland. 

They described her as a star athlete and an outstanding student set to graduate in May 2019.

"She loved to sing and had strength and determination," family members told KUTV and KSL. "She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed."

Update 7:44 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: Mark Harlan, athletics director for the University of Utah, issued the following statement Tuesday morning about McCluskey, a member of the school’s track and field team:

“Last night, the University of Utah lost one of our own,” the statement began. “Senior track standout Lauren McCluskey was tragically killed in a senseless act. This news has shaken not only myself but our entire University of Utah athletics family to its core. We have university counselors and psychologists on standby to support Lauren’s teammates, coaches and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and all of those dear to her.”

>> See the tweet here

Update 7:20 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: The University of Utah has identified the student who was shot and killed on campus Monday night.

Lauren McCluskey of Pullman, Washington, was a senior communication major and member of the school’s track and field team, university President Ruth V. Watkins said in a statement Tuesday morning.

A vigil will be held in her honor at 5 p.m. MDT Wednesday, the statement said.

Watkins also included the following details about the shooting:

“The police investigation is still underway, but here is a brief overview of what happened last night. Around 8:20 p.m., university police received a report of a possible abduction in a parking lot outside a residence hall. Police responded and as they searched the area, they discovered Lauren deceased in a parked car near the south tower of the Medical Plaza, a residential hall on campus.

“Police issued a secure-in-place order for campus as they searched for a suspect. That order remained in effect until just before midnight, after police determined the suspect had left the area. He was later found deceased at an off-campus location.”

Read the full statement here.

Update 4:26 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: Police said Melvin Rowland, the suspect in the shooting death of a University of Utah student, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, KSL and KUTV are reporting.

Authorities said Rowland “forced entry to the Trinity AME Church on 600 S after a foot pursuit, then shot himself,” KUTV’s Bronagh Tumulty tweeted early Tuesday.

>> See the tweet here

Update 4:09 a.m. EDT Oct. 23: Police have located Melvin Rowland, the suspect in the shooting death of a University of Utah student, the school tweeted early Tuesday.

>> See the tweet here

Officials did not release any further details, but area news outlets reported a large police presence outside Trinity AME Church in Salt Lake City.

>> See a video from the scene here

Previous report: A homicide suspect is at large after a University of Utah student was shot and killed on campus, police said Monday night.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, university police received several reports of an argument followed by gunfire around 9 p.m. MDT. Once at the scene, authorities found a woman dead in a car.

Police identified the suspect as Melvin Rowland, 37, a 250-pound, 6-foot-3 black male wearing a white hoodie, black pants, white shoes and a gray beanie. Officials said Rowland, a convicted sex offender, fled the scene on foot.

>> See his photo here

The campus was placed on lockdown as police searched for Rowland, KSL reported. The university lifted the lockdown at 11:47 p.m. MDT Monday, tweeting that police believed Rowland had left the campus. The school also canceled all Tuesday classes.

>> See the tweet here

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