St. Catherine president Becky Roloff said Ahlers’ statements about the race of the “suspect” were “deeply troubling and do not reflect our values.”
Ahlers was treated Tuesday night at Regions Hospital, KSTP reported. He told investigators during questioning on Wednesday that he accidentally shot himself with his handgun and lied about it because he feared losing his job, according to St. Paul police.
St. Paul Police patrolled the wooded area on campus where Ahlers said he'd been attacked, CityPages reported. They set up a perimeter around St. Catherine's and conducted an "exhaustive" search, with 55 officers, four police K-9s, and a Minnesota State Patrol aircraft circling overhead.
Ahlers has hired an attorney. A message left with the attorney was not returned Thursday, KSTP reported.