University of Arizona hydrology professor shot to death in campus’ Harshbarger building; former student Murad Dervish in custody

TUCSON, Arizona– A professor was shot dead on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson on Wednesday, campus police said.

The campus police chief said a male professor from 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 after a traffic stop by the state Department of Public Safety near the town of Gila Bend, University of Arizona Police Chief Paula Balafas said during a news conference.

According to police, the suspect used a pistol.

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

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Police responded to the campus’ John W. Harshbarger building “because of a shooting,” according to the University of Arizona Police Department said on Twitter just after 2 p.m. local time Wednesday.

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

“The male suspect has been identified but is no longer at the scene. Police are currently looking for him,” the University of Arizona Police Department had said, describing the suspect as in his mid-30s with short brown hair and wearing a blue baseball cap and dark backpack.

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

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

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