The Crusader Newspaper Group

A white security officer told police he was shot by a black man. Turns out, he’d shot himself.

By Rachel Siegel,

In a dimly lit, wooded area on the southwest side of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., the handgun Brent Ahlers brought to work discharged.

As a security officer at the Catholic university, Ahlers knew the school did not typically arm its personnel, and he feared that bringing his weapon on campus would lead to his firing, police said.

And so, with blood spewing from the gunshot wound to his shoulder, Ahlers crafted a story.

At about 9:30 Tuesday night, Ahlers, who is white, told St. Paul police that he’d been shot by a black man with a “short Afro” who was wearing a navy sweatshirt.


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