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Documents Obtained by News 3 Detail Events of Texas A&M Lockdown

By: Cody Lillich Email
By: Cody Lillich Email

After an open records request, News 3 has new details on the fake gun that sparked a campus lockdown at Texas A&M on October 28.

You can see the surveillance video and hear the 911 call in the top portion of this story.

Around 3:30p.m. on October 28th, the calls started to roll into 911.

"One of our drivers just reported a man walking the trigon with a rifle," a bus operations worker told University Police in a 911 call.

The man, Identified through police reports as being a Marine Staff Sergeant held the replica as he walked through Rudder Tower, the building that houses the Texas A&M president's office.

That day both President Bowen Loftin and Chancellor Mike McKinney were in the Tower preparing to go to an event with President George Bush and Barbara Bush, along with former first lady Laura Bush.

Swarms of authorities poured onto the campus and teams of University Police cleared each floor of Rudder Tower. Barricading the upper floors of the building to protect campus administration.

Police then received a tip that the gun was a fake and was lent to the man as a prop for Halloween by the staff sergeant's superior.

But pictures of the faux weapon show why there was cause for alarm. The weapon looks to be real and shows no signs of being a fake.

Police received tips about who the student was and located him at his home in Bryan and took him to University Police.

He was then interviewed by the Secret Service and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.


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