UPDATE: Incident with student and deputies ends peacefully

November 9, 2011 | 18 Comments


BUIES CREEK — A three-hour lockdown of Campbell University’s main campus was lifted just after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, after a law enforcement incident with a student in his on-campus home ended peacefully.

According to Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins, deputies apprehended Jared Dale Knight, 24, after lengthy negotiations for his surrender, which began when Knight locked himself in his home located across the street from Campbell’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. Deputies had tried to serve arrest papers on charges Knight stole merchandise from a Fuquay-Varina gun shop, where he was employed.

Law enforcement notified Campbell University of the situation, and by 1:50 p.m., a campus-wide lockdown was ordered. Students, faculty and staff were told to remain in their classrooms or residence halls with all outside doors locked. They learned of the lockdown through the campus’ emergency notification system, which sent direct messages to University email accounts and cell phones. Students were also notified through social network sites and Campbell’s main website.

University Vice President of Advancement Britt Davis said the lockdown was issued as a precaution, and University officials did not believe any other students or staff were ever in danger.

“I think the system worked very well for us,” Davis said. “We’ve never had anything like this happen on campus before, so we’re pleased with how smoothly the notification process went.”

Police blocked off all access to Dr. McKoy Road and the northern portion of the Buies Creek campus for over three hours during the negotiation process. Rollins said Knight surrendered peacefully shortly before 5 p.m., and after a thorough search of his home was complete, University officials lifted the lockdown at 5:10.

“Campbell University has an exemplary record as a safe and secure campus,” Davis said. “We are saddened about these circumstances, but pleased that our campus community was able to respond calmly and professionally throughout the situation.”


I am proud of the CU and HC response.
May the peaceful resolution lead also to this young man receiving the help and guidance he will need.


By Shahid Abdul-Jabbar on November 13, 2011 - 9:03pm

As parents of a freshman at Campbell, we are so thankful for the resources offered to students and parents and that we learned of the lockdown via the Campus alerts we signed up for in August. We are glad we did not learn of this first in the news therefore we appreciate your quick response to the safety of our students! This alert prompted us to get in touch with our son to find out he was never in any danger! Thanks to the Campbell staff and the Harnett Sherriff’s Department!

By David &Melanie; Everhart on November 11, 2011 - 8:46am

Too often, emergency planning and preparedness is put on the back-burner.  I’m very glad to see that Campbell had a plan and put into action. Thank-you.

By Ann Cooper on November 10, 2011 - 10:12pm

Both of our children are students at Campbell University.  Each and every day we pray that our children will be safe.  Our faith in Campbell University, faculty and staff as well as the quick response of law enforcement is stronger than ever.  Thank you CU!

By Ashley and Don Fish on November 10, 2011 - 1:30pm

The campus alert system sent me a text message alerting me to the lockdown.  In my opinion the administration made the right choice in locking down the campus.  Better to err on the side of caution.  Too many other campuses have suffered losses.  As a parent of a CU student I was glad to see the steps taken to protect the campus.

By Steve McIntosh on November 10, 2011 - 12:40pm

As a parent of Campbell student, I am glad the crisis ended with no injuries of loss of life.  The security and staff at Campbell did a great job!

By Tami Day on November 10, 2011 - 8:18am

As the wife of a faculty member, I am thankful for CU’s response to the situation.  Thank you for doing your best to keep the Campbell community safe.

By Kelley Wallace on November 10, 2011 - 7:19am

As a parents of a Campbell student we are thankful of the quick actions that insured the safety of all involved. Keep up the high standards for safety.

By Harriet and Terry Roberts on November 10, 2011 - 6:19am

As a Perent of Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student, i am very proud of C.U that has taken excellent job on security Alert arrengements.Thank you for taking care of our children safe and security.

By Bucha Reddy Peruru on November 10, 2011 - 5:48am

Campbell University did an outstanding job of protecting its students and staff today.  Our sincere thanks to Campbell University and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Department.  May God’s hand of protection continue to be with this exceptional university.

By Danny and Beth Ward on November 9, 2011 - 10:28pm

Being a parent of a Campbell student,just want to thank u for keeping parents inform of whats going on. I feel u have a very safe campus. Continue to keep the security upscale. THANKS.

By Marian T.Pearsall on November 9, 2011 - 9:34pm

As a parent of Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences student,Congratulations on the excellent security. Thank you for keeping us updated and our children safe.I’m a proud CU..

By Yogeshkumar Bhatt on November 9, 2011 - 9:17pm

We are so grateful for everyone involved in the notification and security of the students and faculty at Campbell.  We thank God for His divine protection and calm resolution in this potentially tragic situation.

By Lisa Barna on November 9, 2011 - 9:07pm

I am also a Campbell parent and am so thankful for the excellent job done by all law enforcement today protecting our children.

By Kim Weaver on November 9, 2011 - 8:46pm

As a Campbell student, I appreciate the care that was taken to ensure our safety.  Yes, it was VERY inconvenient to be ‘stuck’ on Campus when I was supposed to be home with my own children (30 miles away).  However, I am thankful for the rapid response to the situation, the swift evacuation from the nearby buildings, and the e-lert, twitter, and facebook updates which kept us all informed.

One of my classmates used my laptop to quickly sign up for e-lerts this afternoon.  I am so glad for wi-fi on campus.  Even though we were ‘stuck’, I was calmed by the connection to news stations and friends.

My daughter will be heading to college next fall, and I hope she will lean more heavily towards Campbell.

Campbell Cares.

By Jessica B. on November 9, 2011 - 8:26pm

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