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Campbell student surrenders to deputies, ending campus lockdown

Posted November 9, 2011

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— A Campbell University student suspected of stealing weapons surrendered to Harnett County deputies Wednesday afternoon, ending a three-hour standoff that put the Buies Creek campus on lockdown.

Deputies were trying to serve papers on freshman Jared Dale Knight, 24, when he barricaded himself inside a private home on Dr. McKoy Road at the northwest corner of Campbell's campus, university spokesman Britt Davis said.

Fuquay-Varina police arrested Knight Tuesday on a charge of larceny by employee, linking him to the theft of an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle from the Sovereign Guns shop in town. He was released after posting a $3,000 bond.

On Knight's Facebook page, he notes that he works at Sovereign Guns. He also states that he is from Lubbock, Texas, attended Fuquay-Varina High School in 2005 and is studying youth ministry at Campbell.

Kiran Frampton, the owner of Sovereign Guns, said Knight worked at his store for several months and was a good employee. When managers noticed that a $1,500 AR-15 was missing recently, Knight helped search for it.

"He seemed like a model employee," Frampton said. 

Video of Fuquay gun shop theft Gun shop theft led to Campbell standoff

Frampton said security video showed Knight stashing the weapon in a bag, so he was arrested. On Wednesday, Frampton said he noticed two rifles and four handguns were missing from the shop, and investigators were dispatched to Campbell to question Knight.

"They were going to talk to him about it, and apparently that is what started the whole thing," Frampton said. 

Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said Knight was able to slip out of handcuffs as his deputies were putting him in custody. He then ran into a bedroom where guns were stored and locked the door behind him, the sheriff said.

Deputies got Knight's roommate out of the house, and the Harnett County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was brought in to cordon off the area and try to persuade Knight to surrender, Rollins said.

He made no threats during the negotiations, Rollins said, and the standoff ended peacefully.

"He has got some problems right now, and we need to help him sort them out," Rollins said. 

The roommate told authorities that Knight had not been acting unusual in recent days, Rollins said.

Campbell University standoff Campbell students stunned by standoff

Daimon Knight said his son was an Iraq war veteran, and he believes that he could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, noting that he acted differently following his deployment.

"He changed a lot when he went to combat. He kind of went inside himself. He tries not to, but he did no inside himself quite a bit," Daimon Knight said during a telephone interview from his Lubbock home. 

Daimon Knight said his son also suffers from temporary paralysis at times from the waist down from a wreck he was in after returning from combat. 

Student Adriano Mosquera said Knight didn't seem the type of person to be involved in a standoff with law enforcement. Knight is easy-going and always walks around campus with his dog, Bojangles, and talks about his dog with others, Mosquera said.

"Once we figured out who the person was, we were confused as to why he was doing that," he said. "He was just really nice and, I guess, normal."

The Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and the Fine Arts Building were evacuated, and students and staff were taken to Taylor Hall, Davis said.

Campbell officials ordered the lockdown only as a precaution, Davis said, adding that they never believed any other students were in immediate danger. By 4 p.m., students and staff were allowed to move about on most of the campus.

Jared Knight's Facebook page Who is Jared Knight?

All classes scheduled for Wednesday evening on the Buies Creek campus were canceled.

In Campbell's school newspaper on Tuesday, an article focused on whether handguns should be allowed on campus. Officials said in the article that the guns are not and will not be allowed. 

The school updated its emergency procedures following the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. 

Knight received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force in August 2008 for taking about $10,600 in military property for his own use and impersonating a Texas wildlife officer, according to military court records.

His civilian criminal record lists only traffic offenses.

Campbell conducted a background check on Knight before allowing him to rent the house on campus, Davis said, adding that he wasn't sure what officials knew about his criminal record.

Rev. Joe Monk, associate pastor of students at Fuquay-Varina Baptist Church, said members of the congregation have been praying for Knight, whom they all know as "Tex," since they first heard of the standoff. He said the entire incident, including the alleged weapons theft, is out of character for Knight.

"The Jared I know, he's outgoing, funny to be around and he's like the life of the party sometimes. He'll go out of way to do anything for you," said Joey Plummer, who has been friends with Knight since 2005. 

Plummer bailed Knight out of jail on Tuesday night. He said before and after Wednesday's standoff he got text messages from Knight. 

"He text me and told me he went to his court date and told me when his next court date was," Plummer said. 

Plummer said he will be there to support his friend. 

"We're praying for him. We still love him like family. He's like a brother to me," he said. 

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  • tellthetruth5077 Nov 10, 5:11 p.m.

    @ Governmentsnaf. HE DIDN'T SERVE FOUR TOURS IN IRAQ. He didn't even make it all the way through his first one in Country! He got sent back to Qatar because he broke his wrist doing dumbstuff. He had no one shoot at him. He was nowhere near any bombs that went off. I was in the 506th with him. We didn't experience ANY of that there!

  • tellthetruth5077 Nov 10, 5:00 p.m.

    OK What Knight is saying about his service is HOGWASH!!!! I served with him in Iraq. He did not have "combat" experience. He stayed "inside the wire" at ALL Times! The only thing that could be considered even remotely traumatic to him was when he took an All Terrain Vehicle which he wasn't supposed to drive and flipped it, and in doing so broke his wrist which caused him to spend a month or more out of his deployment in Qatar! He was never a forward observer, he never received a Bronze Star, and the closest he ever came to a Purple Heart is trying to buy one at the military clothing store where he got denied because he never earned it!

    His claims of Iraqi "combat" service and PTSD are a slap in the face of those of us that served honorably and got out or continue to serve. His random claims of PTSD demeaning anyone who really does have non-visible combat wounds. Hero my backside. He's a liar!

  • haggis basher Nov 10, 1:50 p.m.

    "I'm a freshman at Campbell University. Yeah Jared did mess up the day for a lot of people but he is a Iraqi war veteran. Being a soldier, he is a person who fights to defend your freedom to comment on stuff like this. So those of you who are are dissing on Jared: knock it off now and be thankful for your freedoms that people like him protect."

    With all due respects he was dishonorably discharged for stealing 12K of equipment from the army and was caught on video stealing a semi auto rifle from his workplace and apparently many more are missing.....and to add insult to injury the guy has the nerve to be studying for the youth ministry!
    How much leeway do you think he should get?

  • haggis basher Nov 10, 1:40 p.m.

    "You just gotta love these people who try to make it all about them!! This story has nothing to do with you or what you think about the basis on which CU educates its attendees. Campbell is a "religious" school with no reservations about it. Sorry you weren't perceptive enough to realize that before you committed, or was it that you didn't take that detail seriously and thought you could have your own way once you got there......Campbell graduates the best of the best and the rest won't make it there...and no, I didn't go to Campbell but I wish I had.

    The best of the best don't believe in fairies............

  • hearmeout Nov 10, 12:47 p.m.

    Monca "I attended Campbell back when it was Campbell College. UGH! Chapel twice a week, everything fun was a no-no. No booze on Campus, no drag shows, no fun whatsoever. I lived in Small Dorm and when I finally had enough, I parked my convertible next to the building and tossed all my belongings into the car from my 3rd floor room and drove directly to the NC School of the Arts. Way too many religious zealots at Campbell for my taste."

    You just gotta love these people who try to make it all about them!! This story has nothing to do with you or what you think about the basis on which CU educates its attendees. Campbell is a "religious" school with no reservations about it. Sorry you weren't perceptive enough to realize that before you committed, or was it that you didn't take that detail seriously and thought you could have your own way once you got there......Campbell graduates the best of the best and the rest won't make it there...and no, I didn't go to Campbell but I wish I had.

  • Deac Nov 10, 12:25 p.m.

    I've know Jared since 2005, met him in High School. This is not him at all. If you truly knew him, you would know this. I am also appalled by the amount of people on here who choose to make judgments about someone they have never met or seen. Its not just this story but all. Do I agree that what Jared did was wrong? yes. Am I going to stop being his friend because of this? not a chance, I'm going to be there for him every step of the way. He is a person, just like the rest of us. People make mistakes, some larger than others. They have to live with the consequences. So please, before you get on your Soap box about how he is a disgrace, how you THINK you know him and his situation, remember than he IS a war vet and has risked his life so that we all can sit state side with our freedoms. Regardless if he was dishonorably discharged or not, he volunteered to serve this country, and that... I thank him and all vets and active duty for. You should be the proud American and do the same

  • u stand corrected Nov 10, 11:50 a.m.

    larmstrong070309
    Amen. Thank you for being this guys friend. Our vets should get a little more compassion than they do. Semper Fi

  • larmstrong070309 Nov 10, 11:28 a.m.

    I'm a freshman at Campbell University. Yeah Jared did mess up the day for a lot of people but he is a Iraqi war veteran. Being a soldier, he is a person who fights to defend your freedom to comment on stuff like this. So those of you who are are dissing on Jared: knock it off now and be thankful for your freedoms that people like him protect.

  • kgbeme Nov 10, 10:18 a.m.

    Not sure if this was already stated before, but Jared Knight was in the process of drafting kids for a rec. basketball team he was going to coach in Fuquay the night before this happened. Someone said that he wanted to give back to the community by coaching. I just hope he can get his act together, and I'm glad he isn't coaching right now.

  • Retired07 Nov 10, 10:16 a.m.

    Sorry this guy has these mental issues and they have affected so many others though briefly in the grand scheme of life. A stray bullet would have been more devestating to any unlucky individual. Yes, it seems everyone has to be seen at these Events whether it is a wreck or house fire but glad we have people in place that can respond even if they do get carried away by the moment and media attention.

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