UTPD issues all clear after reported rifles found to be replicas

Audrey White

UTPD received reports of an Asian male armed with two tan guns outside the Recreational Sports building at 6 p.m. Monday night, but it was an ROTC student transporting his replica rifles, said UT spokesman Don Hale.

“This was an ROTC student transferring replica weapons from one trunk to another,” Hale said. “This woman saw him do that and called the police. It’s all clear.”

Texas A&M experienced a similar situation last October when an ROTC member was carrying his replica rifle on campus, leading to a brief campus-wide lockdown.

UT emergency text alerts notified subscribers of the possible gunman at 6:25 p.m. and issued the all clear announcement within 30 minutes.

University operations spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said UTPD would not release the name of the student. ROTC had a rehearsal today for an event Friday at Clark Field and received clearance from the Dean of Students office before using their facsimile weapons on campus, Weldon said.