NEW INFORMATION: Police familiar with UWL student arrested

By: Sarah Moon and AP Email
By: Sarah Moon and AP Email

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Professors and campus police says the student who took a shotgun into a classroom at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is someone familiar to them because of his erratic behavior.

The male student was arrested Thursday outside Cowley Hall where he had taken an unloaded, cased shotgun into a class. Professors alerted campus police last month when the student began acting strangely. Chancellor Joe Gow says the student began to see himself as a law enforcement figure.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the part-time student went to the university police office to complain that the chancellor and others had contacted his family about his unusual behavior. He was arrested in a parking lot as university staff were preparing a text and email alert.

The student could face criminal charges.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A UW-La Crosse student was arrested after police say he brought a shotgun onto campus.

Early Thursday morning, police said a student came to see them, because he had concerns and wanted police to talk to the chancellor and student affairs.

However, the student left campus when police told him it couldn’t be done then.

“It was not determined that he posed any particular threat at that time. He was not armed at that time, and he was cooperative with the officers,” said University Police Chief Scott Rhode.

Police said around 9, calls came in about a student with a weapon.

They say the student went to Cowley Hall with the unloaded shotgun.

“Not finding him, additional calls begin to come in that he went into a particular classroom and stayed there for a very short period of time,” said Rhode.

Then, he went to the area of Badger Street and East Avenue.

Police said the student was taken into custody around 9:15 in parking lot C6 without incident.”

“The response was very quick, very appropriate and a vast majority of students, faculty and staff didn’t even know it happened,” said Rhode.

“It’s just weird to think that something like that could happen on a small campus like this,” said UW-La Crosse student Justin Mudlaff.

Students and staff were notified by E-mail and voicemail about the incident, and credit campus police for their work.

“I honestly give the campus police a lot of kudos for how fast they reacted to it,” said UW-La Crosse Student Matthew Otto.

“I think this is a big wake up call that this kind of thing can happen anywhere, and we need to be prepared and thankfully our police are just very, very prepared,” said UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow.

Chancellor Gow said the student is undergoing psychiatric and psychological evaluations.

The student’s name hasn’t been released and no charges have been filed yet.

Students are being encouraged to seek counseling.


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU)-A UW-La Crosse student was arrested Thursday morning after officers say he brought a gun on campus.

Campus police say the part-time student had earlier made threats to campus administrators.
The student was spotted carrying a hunting shotgun around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Officers were able to arrest him immediately. They say the gun turned out not to be loaded.

Officers alerted students, employees and others about the incident through email and voice mail messages.

No one was hurt.

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