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UM Police investigating student firing gun out of dorm window

Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 11:00:47-04


MISSOULA – A University of Montana student is facing criminal charges for allegedly firing a gun out a dorm room window earlier this week.

University of Montana Police are currently investigating gunshots that were fired from a dorm room window Tuesday night.

UMPD received a call just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday of a student bringing a firearm into Aber Hall and allegedly firing the weapon out of his window.

No one was injured in the shooting.

Police are still investigating the incident but say there were holes in the window screen of the student’s dorm room window.

University officials say that student will face criminal charges and disciplinary actions pending an investigation.  The student’s name was not released.

UM spokesperson Paula Short said they could not comment any further because the matter is an active UMPD investigation.

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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.

Chief 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 specifically 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.