Update, 3:37 p.m: University of New Orleans police have lifted a lockdown put in place earlier Thursday as authorities pursued an alleged car thief who had come on campus.
Classes were canceled for the remainder of Thursday, UNO officials said.
As a precaution, Ben Franklin High also locked down as the police pursued the unidentified man, believed to have stolen a car.
That lockdown was lifted earlier Thursday afternoon, officials said, and UNO police said the college campus also was safe for students, faculty and staff to move about.
Officers had spotted an SUV about 11:30 a.m. that was believed to be tied to a series of burglaries in Lake Vista and Lakeview, according to New Orleans police. As officers approached the vehicle, one of two suspects fled on foot, while the driver escaped in his vehicle and later abandoned it in a UNO parking lot.
UNO police said they shut down a dormitory, Ponchartrain Hall, due to the pursuit. The university sent out an emergency notice before noon telling people on campus to shelter in place.
The suspect who fled on foot was arrested and was being questioned by authorities.
The vehicle the pair were driving had been reported stolen from Jefferson Parish.