University to review policy after students punished for scaring intruder with gun

Man broke into apartment, demanded money


Gonzaga University in Washington state is going to review its weapons policy.

This, after two students who used a pistol to chase an intruder from their apartment door found themselves on probation for having guns -- in violation of a ban on firearms in university-owned housing.

The school's president says Gonzaga is "a Jesuit institution dedicated to thoughtful evaluation of complex social issues," and that it will use the incident to re-examine its policy on guns.

A lawyer for students Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh says the school should consider student safety above all else.

The students say a homeless man who came to their door last month was demanding money and trying to force his way inside. Fagan says he offered the man a blanket and a can of food, but no cash, and that the man became agitated and combative.

McIntosh says he came downstairs with a loaded Glock pistol, and the homeless man took off.

The men called police and campus security -- who the next day confiscated the pistol and a shotgun.

The students say they are glad they weren't expelled, but that they are appealing their probation because they don't want it on their records.