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RAVENNA, OH (WOIO) -

The Cleveland man accused of prompting a lock down at Kent State University after discharging his gun was arraigned via video Monday.

Quavaugntay Tyler pled not guilty and bond was set at $40,000.

The 24-year-old man apparently shot himself in the hand while going for his gun during a domestic dispute near Bowman Hall. No one else was injured.

After the shots were fired, police immediately put the campus on lock down.

Tyler, whom police describe as having been a suspect in some campus thefts, is on probation for a theft charge in Brimfield. Records show he stole $21,000 from a Walmart where he was an employee. 

The county prosecutor detailed Tyler's troubled past in court Monday. 

"It's clear he's a threat to public safety, additionally within this county he does have previous convictions," said Chad Hawks, Portage county prosecutor's office.

Because Tyler's probation violation included carrying a weapon, he could also face federal charges.

The judge also ordered that Tyler have no contact with Kent State University property.

Tyler will be back in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

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