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Man armed with AK-47 arrested on Missouri college campus

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Missouri police chief says Cody Wilcoxson got in a shootout with police
  • The suspect later went onto a college campus with his AK-47, the chief says
  • There he was arrested without more shots being fired; no one was injured

(CNN) -- A man suspected of firing a rifle in a shootout with authorities, which happened shortly after he tried to force his way onto a Missouri military base, was arrested Thursday on a college campus, police said.

Cody Wilcoxson was armed with an AK-47 gun when he was detained at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, said Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse. Police were able to take him into custody without any shots being fired on campus, he said.

That wasn't the case earlier, according to Kearse. He said Wilcoxson tried to get onto Fort Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army base more than 25 miles west of Rolla.

The man did not manage to enter the military base. But afterward, the police chief said, he fired dozens of rounds of bullets from his rifle in a shootout with police.

He then likely headed east down Route 44 to the university, Kearse said.

Despite the exchange of gunfire, there no reports of injuries.

CNN's Rich Porter contributed to this report.