Community reacts to ongoing Geneseo manhunt

July 20, 2018 06:09 AM

The search continues for a man considered armed and dangerous in Livingston County.

David Clyde Morgan, 49, of Wilmington, North Carolina, ran away after police say he pulled a gun on an officer Wednesday during a traffic stop on Rte. 63 in Geneseo.

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The shelter-in-place advisory in Livingston County has been lifted as of Thursday afternoon since Morgan is not thought to be in the immediate area. 

However, all college-related activities remain canceled throughout the rest of the day. 

In addition to that, buildings which are typically accessible to the public, have been under lock and key.

University police do not believe the campus was a direct threat but they wanted to take extra precautions by adding officers from other SUNY schools just in case the search efforts were to shift. 

"Being visible, patrolling lots, in buildings where people are sheltering-in-place, letting them know they're here for anything they need them for," stated Scott Ewanow, university police. 

Those walking on campus are making sure to secure their property.

Resident Sylva Palmer added, "if he wasn't armed that'd be a whole different story, but he does have a gun so, that adds a whole different layer of danger to the situation."

They're thankful for the constant updates from the sheriff because they can follow the search from their phones. 

"I would keep my doors locked, live life. If you have things to do, go do it. At the end of the day we'll still be here...working to locate this suspect," stated Sheriff Dougherty. 

"I noticed less people on the streets but I don't know if it's my imagination or if it's because of what happened yesterday," stated Krystyna Skrzypek, owner of Euro Café in the Village of Geneseo. 

Skrzypek made sure to secure doors and windows not typically used, staying vigilant as the manhunt continues. 

She added, "I hope he will be caught soon so we can relax 100-percent." 

A similar sentiment was echoed throughout the village.

Normal operations on campus will resume Friday at 8 a.m. but those extra officers will still be on campus throughout the day.


Stephanie Robusto

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