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
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(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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