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Two people at University of Oregon held hostage in dorm, suspect arrested

The armed man also allegedly pulled a fire alarm when there was no fire and made 911 calls to report made-up emergencies.

Police arrested an armed man after two people at the University of Oregon were held hostage on campus, authorities said Friday.

Shawn Scott Densmore, 37, was arrested Thursday after he allegedly pulled a fire alarm when there was no fire and made 911 calls to the university police department to report made-up emergencies, using a hostage's cell phone, police said.

Police were able to locate the student and guest being held in Hamilton Hall, a dormitory, through a text exchange with one of them and later reviewed security footage from the William Knight Law Center that showed a person holding a gun while pulling the fire alarm.

Densmore was arrested for investigation of menacing, burglary, criminal trespass, kidnapping and carrying a concealed firearm and was being held at the Lane County Jail.

Police did not give a motive for why the people were taken hostage.

CORRECTION (Nov. 8, 2021, 11:28 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated who was taken hostage. It was a student and a guest, police said, not two students.