SPOKANE, Wash. (21Alive) -- Two Gonzaga University roommates have been put on school probation for the remainder of their time at Gonzaga after chasing an intruder from their apartment at gunpoint.
According to The Spokesman-Review, seniors Erik Fagan, 21 and Daniel McIntosh, 23 chased a man, who was demanding money, from their doorstep at gunpoint. The two students live in an off-campus apartment building owned by the university.
Just after 10 p.m. on Oct. 24th there was a knock on the door and Fagan opened the door expecting to see a friend and instead was confronted by John Taylor, a repeat offender, explaining that he was homeless and demanding money, ABC News reports. Fagan offered Taylor a blanket and canned food but the man became agitated and combative and showed Fagan what appeared to be an ankle bracelet around his foot, according to The Spokesman-Review.
Fagan said that the Taylor kept coming toward him and that the narrow entryway prevented him from shutting the door, so he called for McIntosh. McIntosh came downstairs and saw his roommate and the man standing there. The stranger had his hand behind his back and McIntosh pulled a loaded Glock pistol on the man.
The stranger left and the roommates called campus security. According to The Spokesman-Review, the campus security guard commended the two men and didn't take their weapons initially. But later, at 2 a.m., the two men awoke to pounding on their doors and their weapons, the Glock and a shotgun used for hunting, were confiscated and never returned. The roommates have reported the guns stolen to Spokane police.
The lease stipulates that renters must follow all policies outlined in the Student Handbook. Fagan and McIntosh were charged with four violations of university policy and were found responsible for two violations: possessing weapons on school grounds and putting others in danger by use of weapons.
The Spokesman-Review reports that the roommates plan to appeal their probations, because although they are happy they can remain at school, probations will show up on their transcripts and they do not think they should be punished for defending themselves.
Gonzaga President, Thayne McCulloh, said that the incident opens the door to "thoughtful evaluation" of the policy and that the university will re-examine its weapons policy.
USA Today reports that McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit for the gun.
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