They didn’t even have to use the gun except to brandish it. That’s all it took for the guy to take off running. And as it turned out, the man who came to their off-campus house door was a six-time felon and was later arrested on an unrelated charge.
But because they had a gun (actually two) in their house, that violated university housing “no tolerance” policies. Campus police had to confiscate their weapons following this incident.
The Spokesman-Review summarized what happened to these two seniors at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington:
At 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 24, [Erik] Fagan, 21, and [Daniel] McIntosh, 23, were settling in for the evening, having just said goodbye to a departing friend.
Then there was a knock on the door. Fagan, believing it was his friend again, opened the door to see an apparently homeless man demanding money.
Fagan offered the man a blanket and a can of food but refused to hand over any cash, he said. The man became agitated and combative, showing Fagan what appeared to be an ankle bracelet around his foot.
“He told me, ‘You don’t want to do this,’ ” Fagan said.
The man kept coming toward him, shouting at him, Fagan said. The narrow entryway prevented him from shutting the door without injuring himself. He shouted for McIntosh, who came running downstairs holding a loaded 10 mm Glock pistol.
“I come down with the gun at a low ready, as per how I’ve been trained,” McIntosh said, pointing his hands at the ground.
McIntosh saw his roommate and the man standing there, he said. The stranger’s hand was behind his back. McIntosh didn’t know what the man was doing, but he didn’t take any risks.
“I draw on him,” McIntosh said, lifting his arms into the air to demonstrate. “As soon as he sees me, he decides he doesn’t want to deal with me. So he takes off.”
The men called police and campus security; both arrived within minutes. McIntosh told the police officer he’d chased the man off with the pistol, for which he has a concealed weapons permit, he said.
The police officer was pleased with what the two seniors had done, telling them that they used the appropriate amount of force considering the situation.
But later that night, around 2 in the morning, campus security came, banged on their door and then let themselves in, since no one responded. They went upstairs to the bedrooms and banged on those doors, yelling for the two seniors to give up their weapons. The students complied and handed over their Glock and shotgun.
The students were threatened with expulsion for their policy violation. However, it appears that they won’t be expelled, but that they will remain on probation for the rest of their stay at the university.