The Fiserv building in Alpharetta was evacuated Tuesday after someone reported an armed person. 
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2 employees detained during sweep of Fiserv building in Alpharetta

Two employees were detained during an active shooter scare that prompted the evacuation of an Alpharetta business Tuesday, police said.

An incident report obtained Wednesday by AJC.com indicates the workers were detained during a sweep of the Fiserv building in the 2900 block of Westside Parkway. 

Officers evacuated all employees and searched the building floor-by-floor. An officer clearing the fifth floor came across a man who had a gun on his person, the incident report said. A woman told police she handed the man the gun when an alarm in the building sounded, the report said. Both parties were briefly taken into custody, and were released after their employer was notified the woman had brought a gun onto company property. 

“Based on the results of the search and information provided by on-site security, it was determined to be a false alarm,” the report said. 

It is still unclear what triggered the alarm, which sent rattled workers under desks, in closets and in restrooms. 

Authorities were called to Fiserv after learning of a “possible armed person” in the building just before 10 a.m., according to Channel 2.

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The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety gave the all-clear just before 11 a.m. after searching the entire building.  

The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 — more popularly called the “Guns Everywhere Bill” — clarified the rights of employers to ban guns on their property. Under the law, employers can prohibit the possession of firearms in company buildings and company-owned parking lots “as long as the employer is the property owner or has legal control of the property.” 

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Fiserv employees are not allowed to carry weapons on company property “regardless of whether an individual possesses a concealed weapons permit,” according to the company’s employee handbook.

“The carrying of a weapon of any kind while inside a company building or leased space, on company property, inside a company-owned vehicle or while conducting company business, on- or off-site, is strictly prohibited and is a violation of company policy,” the handbook said. 

AJC.com has contacted Fiserv to determine if the employees involved will face any disciplinary action. 

Fiserv is one of the nation’s biggest financial technology companies. Officials announced in January the company was acquiring First Data in Sandy Springs in a $22-billion merger expected to create a behemoth in the world of payments processing.

Fiserv is based in Wisconsin, but has significant operations in Alpharetta.

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