UMass dining services employee fired, issued no trespass order after bringing gun on campus

By Anthony Rentsch

(Collegian File Photo)
(Collegian File Photo)

A University of Massachusetts Dining Services worker had his employment terminated and was issued a no trespassing order after violating state law by bringing a firearm onto campus last week.

The suspect was “not judged to be an active threat,” according to University spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski, and students were not notified through the emergency alert system.

“There was no sense of danger or threat from the people involved here,” he said.

Blaguszewski said the suspect showed a .380-caliber handgun stored in the trunk of his car to two fellow employees at the end of a shift on Oct. 22. The two employees told the police they did not feel threatened, but did report the incident to their supervisor, according to Blaguszewski.

Police interviewed the man and confiscated the weapon from the trunk of his car on Oct. 25, the next day the suspect was scheduled to work, Blaguszewski said.

The suspect will be summonsed to Eastern Hampshire District court for a showcase hearing for two alleged violations of state law: carrying a firearm on school grounds and leaving a firearm in a vehicle (unsecured). The suspect did have an active license to carry a firearm within the state.

An investigation by the UMPD is ongoing. The suspect won’t be identified until he shows up in court.

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