The following is told from the perspective of the responding officer. All information is from the corresponding police affidavit.
At approximately 2:10pm on March 7th, officers responded to a gun incident in the Cooper Memorial Library on the South Lake campus of Lake-Sumter State College.
Officers were advised that a “witness” was in the men’s restroom when he heard a gun go off. The security staff confirmed that there was a bullet hole in the restroom mirror and it smelled of gunpowder. An emergency alert was issued and the entire South Lake campus was placed on lock down while the situation was investigated.
While in route officers were advised that the “witness” who initially informed security on campus of the incident was possibly responsible. Lake County Communications dispatcher could hear on the recorded line the “witness” making comments to the security guard regarding the incident.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with the “witness” as well as security. Security took possession of the firearm from the “witness” prior to officer’s arrival. Upon making contact with the “witness” post Miranda he admitted that the firearm was his and that he was responsible for the incident. He stated that he was scared which is why he made the story up. The male subject was later identified as Jeffrey Judd, white male, date of birth 10/22/1999. He was arrested without incident for bringing a concealed firearm on school campus. Judd was transported to the Lake County Jail.
No one was injured during the incident. An all clear alert was issued to the campus community at 2:40pm. This is believed to be an isolated incident and no other parties are involved. Normal operations were resumed and classes and other events will continue as scheduled. The campus security also made contact with UCF which is a satellite campus and informed them of the situation.