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UMass Amherst police respond to report of armed person, find pellet gun

University of Massachusetts Amherst asked students to stay away from the Sylvan Residential Area while police responded to a report of an armed person on campus Monday afternoon, but the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun, officials said.

UMass Amherst police gave an all clear to the university community at 5:21 p.m.

Police responded earlier to a report of a person who had what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun in the field near the Renaissance Center on East Pleasant Street, UMass police said.

A witness took a picture of the person at 1:50 p.m. and contacted UMass police at 2:30 p.m., police said.


Madison Mercado can be reached at madison.mercado@globe.com.