University sends out warning text Friday morning, Lafayette police respond _lowres

University of Louisiana at Lafayette police sent an emergency notification to students Friday morning that a suicidal man suspected to have a gun was reported near campus.

LAFAYETTE — An unarmed man claiming to be suicidal near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus Friday morning was admitted to a mental health facility for evaluation, authorities said.

The university sent text alerts to students around 11 a.m. about a suicidal man “suspected to have a gun,” who was reported driving near McDonalds on Johnston Street near St. Mary, according to the text messages.

The man reached out to a family member and said he wanted to commit suicide, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department. That family member notified police, who found him within 15 minutes near Johnston Street and St. Mary Boulevard based on a description of his vehicle.

There was no gun on his person or in the vehicle, he added.

“He was reaching for help,” Mouton said. “Fortunately, we were able to find him pretty quickly.”