MISSOULA – University of Montana police are investigating an incident involving a student bringing a firearm into a residence hall and allegedly firing it out of a residence hall room window.
According to a press release sent to the UM campus community, UM Police Chief Marty Ludemann says no injuries were reported and there was no damage beyond tears in the window screen in the room where the firearm was discharged.
Ludemann says the student is facing criminal charges and disciplinary action as a result of this incident.
UMPD continues to investigate, coordinating with the Missoula Police Department. Chief Ludemann added that he does not believe there is an ongoing threat or safety concern for the campus community.
The university has a clear, strict policy regarding firearms anywhere on the campus. It states:
The University of Montana restricts the possession and use of firearms on the campuses of the University of Montana. Individuals authorized to carry firearms without prior approval from the President or Chief of the University of Montana Police include:
Peace officers federal authorities who are empowered by federal law to be armed.
Students living in residence halls or UM Housing facilities must store any firearm with the University of Montana Police and follow mandatory requirements for possession.
All residents of the University Villages and Lewis and Clark Villages must register any firearm with UM Housing.
Story by Mark Thorsell, MTN News