Former University of Arizona Student Fatally Shoots Professor on Campus

On Wednesday afternoon, a University of Arizona professor was shot and killed inside a campus building. According to, the shooting occurred around 2 p.m. in the John W. Harshbarger Building on the university’s main campus, putting the campus on lockdown for nearly an hour until the shooter was captured.

The school, in a statement, verified one fatality from the incident. The victim was eventually revealed to be a professor in the hydrology department. State police apprehended the suspect, 46-year-old Murad Dervish, at approximately 5 p.m. on Interstate 8 near Gila Bend, more than 100 miles from the campus.

Before the incident, UA police got a call from someone inside the building stating that an ex-student was there without authorization and asked cops to remove him. Police got a second call that shots had been fired as they approached the building.

UA Police Chief Paula Balafas stated, “Someone recognized the student and knew that he was not allowed inside the building.” By the time police arrived, Dervish had left the building. A UA staff member who was in the building during the shooting told that he heard between seven and ten shots. The victim was taken to Banner-University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

During the incident, students and staff were instructed to remain indoors for about an hour, and classes were canceled for the rest of the day.


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