UPDATED: Gonzaga Univ. students escape expulsion after brandishing gun at would-be robber

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsNovember 11, 2013

A pair of students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., will not be expelled from the school after brandishing a gun in self-defense as a repeat felon attempted to break into their apartment.

According to KREM.com, roommates Eric Fagan and Dan McIntosh learned Monday that the sanctions against them had been dropped. My Fox Spokane had reported Friday that the Jesuit-affiliated university’s disciplinary board had decided to move forward with sanctions as the school’s student handbook, students may not possess handguns on campus or university-owned property.

On Saturday, the school announced that it may reconsider the school’s gun policy in light of this incident. University President Thayne M. McCulloh called the situation ”an opportunity to do some important work, as a community: to objectively re-examine our firearms policy and openly debate perspectives and contextual issues with an eye towards an honest and open review of the same.”

Fagan and McIntosh were hanging out in their university-owned apartment on the night of October 24 when around 10:15 p.m. John Taylor, a felon with an “extensive criminal history,” knocked on their door. Taylor showed Fagan, who answered the door, what appeared to be an ankle bracelet and tried to intimidate him before demanding money from Fagan.

It wasn’t until Taylor attempted to force entry into the boys’ apartment that McIntosh brandished his pistol. McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit for the gun and was unaware it was a violation of campus policy at the time. Taylor left the apartment after the gun was brandished and was taken into custody by Spokane police shortly afterwards as he was already wanted on a warrant. The police also confiscated McIntosh’s gun.

This piece has been updated to reflect the school’s decision not to expel Fagan and McIntosh. 

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