A Sunday afternoon at the campus library quickly turned violent when a man ran inside, pulled the fire alarm and began hitting students.
John Kane, a 21-year-old UCF student, was heard yelling for help outside the John C. Hitt Library.
According to the Central Florida Future, The UCF Police Department received a call at 3:14 p.m. UCF PD public information officer Courtney Gilmartin confirmed Monday that Kane told officers he had taken LSD.
Police released this footage of officers handling the incident. [...]
"He was doing exactly what we asked at first. I put him on the ground, put his hands behind his back. He was not combative," said UCF Police Supervisor Erik Lanshinsky. "As soon as I attempted to handcuff him for everybody's safety, that's when he became combative."
When Kane started fighting Officer Lanshinsky outside the library, Lanshinsky tased him in the back. Lanshinsky said it took three or four officers to get the man under control.
The man was taken to a local hospital by Orange County Fire Rescue and is currently being evaluated.
Police cleared the scene around 4 p.m. after officers and K-9 dogs made their way through the library. The library has since reopened the area has been cleared.
At this time, police do not know the victims the man hit.
A witness posted [a] video to YouTube following the incident. Please be advised, this video contains profanity.
A student who was inside the library during the incident told the Central Florida Future what she heard.
"I just heard the fire alarm go off and made my way to the nearest exit," Jessica Langley, sophomore mechanical engineering major said. "I was more just scared for myself."
Another student said he saw the same man behaving irrationally at Lazy Moon the week before spring break.
" ... That guy was super drunk and got thrown out, so he screamed, 'I'll show you a lazy moon!,' and mooned everyone through the window," said David Richards, a freshman sport and exercise science major.
[video of incident can be seen on the linked site's website - rob]
WTSP-TV (Channel 10, Tampa Bay)
April 21, 2015
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