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Students Pull Gun on Intruder, Now Face Expulsion
They violated Gonzaga University's weapons policy
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2013 4:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Two university students in Washington state are facing expulsion after they scared off a would-be intruder with a gun, KXLY reports. Roommates Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh were at their Spokane apartment, which is owned by Gonzaga University but is off-campus, when a six-time convicted felon who'd recently been released from jail knocked at their door two weeks ago. John Taylor asked for $15, but Fagan says he offered food or a blanket instead of money. "My gut instinct was telling me that I wasn't going to be able to get that door closed before he came through," Fagan says.

So he called for his roommate, who came downstairs brandishing a pistol. "I drew on Mr. Taylor and immediately Mr. Taylor turned and fled," McIntosh says. Since the university owns the apartment complex, both police and campus security responded. Taylor was caught, and the pistol and a shotgun were confiscated from the apartment. Now university officials say Fagan and McIntosh violated the school's weapons policy, which bans weapons "at any location on campus, or within University residences," per CNN. The students could be suspended or expelled. McIntosh has a state-issued concealed carry permit for the pistol, CNN notes. A decision on any punishment could come this week, says a lawyer for the students.

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Nov 12, 2013 10:24 AM CST
I agree with Mike at some point civil disobedience and whatever punishment that comes from it is preferable to the alternatives we read about every single day. How did the cops find out about this incident anyway? Rule #1...don't call the cops and never tell them anything they don't need to know.
Nov 11, 2013 11:57 PM CST
I'm reading a lot about these two breaking the rules. In my 34 yrs of living I've learned that some rules aren't logical and breaking them out weighs the consequences of following them. Following all the rules all the time will lead the sheep to slaughter.
Nov 11, 2013 10:25 PM CST
We need to make all places gun free zones. All the felons will abide by that too, won't they? Then it will be a safer America. If everyone would turn in their guns, it will be a safer America. Of course the felons will turn in theirs, won't they? The British wanted the founding fathers to not own guns. Hitler disarmed his people, and you see how that worked out. Come on, all you Koolaid drinkers, join the Democrats and take away all of our rights.