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A University of Arizona professor was shot and killed on the Tucson campus Wednesday, The Arizona Republic reported. Police pursued the suspect, a former student of the slain professor, for several hours before apprehending him during a traffic stop.

Classes were canceled for the day but resumed Thursday.

The victim was Thomas Meixner, head of the university’s Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. In a statement about the shooting, Arizona president Robert C. Robbins called Meixner a “beloved” member of the university community and asked that his family’s privacy be respected. He also provided links to campus counseling resources.