WKU Freshman Arrested with Unloaded Gun on Campus

Apr 30, 2014

A WKU freshman was arrested after pulling an unloaded gun on campus. Michael Dearborn of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, was taken into custody late this morning by WKU Police and faces charges of menacing, terroristic threatening, and wanton endangerment. 

WKU Director of Media Relations Bob Skipper says the incident began when university police received a call about a verbal altercation at Centennial Mall.

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“As the police were en route, they got a 911 call saying there was somebody brandishing a gun. Officers were on the scene quickly, found the person who matched the description, and then several students pointed him out, as well,” Skipper said.

Skipper says that Dearborn ran after being approached by police, and was apprehended along the steps near the Downing Student Union and Academic Complex.

Police found an unloaded gun on Dearborn and placed him under arrest.

The College Heights Herald quoted a student eyewitness as saying the suspect didn’t appear to be running very fast because he “had to hold his pants up.”

The student was taken to Warren County Regional Jail.