Exponent photographer detained after Purdue shooting

Exponent photographer Michael Takeda was detained by police after the fatal shooting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
Exponent photographer Michael Takeda was detained by police after the fatal shooting on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

A Purdue Exponent photographer said he was detained Tuesday while taking photographs inside the Electrical Engineering building during the lockdown.

Michael Takeda said he was taking pictures inside the Materials and Electrical Engineering building when he went into an elevated walkway connecting to the Electrical Engineering building.

Takeda said he went through the walkway to take more pictures and was detained by four police officers. He said his phone and cameras were taken from him by police and he was placed inside a West Lafayette squad car.

An hour later, Takeda was taken to the Purdue Police station. He said a Purdue Police officer came out to escort him, when he says this happened.

“I just asked him. I was wondering would there be any pressed charges on me. I was just curious,” Takeda said. “And then the officer said, ‘I hope there will be! Because once they do, you’re going to be kicked out of school.’ And then he asked me, ‘you know what’s going to be happening in a year? You’re going to be working at McDonalds.’”

News 18 contacted Purdue. The university said it is aware of the situation and is looking into it.

Takeda said he was scared while being detained and he added that he was just “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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