If you had an early class at Florida A&M University (FAMU), your usual walk to class was accompanied by the sound of circulating helicopters on Wednesday morning.
The Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) enlisted the help of the Leon County Sheriff's Office helicopter to find a suspect involved in a stolen car incident.
According to police, three suspects crashed a stolen car at the intersection of Monroe Street and FAMU Way Wednesday morning. The three individuals fled from the vehicle after the crash. Two of the suspects were apprehended, but TPD officials say the final suspect has yet to be caught. The Sheriff’s helicopter is being used to catch the last suspect.
The helicopter circled the Southside of town near FAMU’s campus several times as it searched for the suspect.
TPD officials are asking the community to avoid the area while they continue to investigate the incident. But this may be hard for some FAMU students who live and attend classes in the area.
Students at FAMU witnessed the aerial search on their way to morning classes, and the incident has some feeling unsafe and uneasy.
Justine Ray, a second-year biology student saw two helicopters flying over campus on her way to her 9 a.m. class Wednesday morning. She said she does not like such situations happening so close to campus.
“It is not good at all,” Ray said. “The safety of students is threatened.”
But some were unbothered by the incident’s proximity to campus.
Second-year criminal justice student Jay Burgman said he barely noticed the helicopter.
“I didn’t think [anything] of it when I heard it,” Burgman said.
Other students, such as physical therapy student Chelsea Gibson, were curious about what was occurring.
“Once it flew around a couple of times, I began to wonder if there was maybe an accident or a serious crime,” said Gibson.
In the students case, authorities are advising people to travel with caution if they are on the Southside of town.
The search for the last suspect is ongoing. TPD is asking people to call (850) 891-4200 to report any information on the case.