Police attend to possible shots fired on campus

By News Editor Ciera Golliver

UNA police, as well as local police, joined forces late May 9 to respond to a possible shooting on the UNA campus.

UNA police received word of a verbal altercation in front of Covington Hall at 11:55 p.m. Within minutes, witnesses informed dispatchers the suspect possibly fired a shot in the vicinity, said UNA Chief of Police Kevin Gillilan in a campus-wide email.

Florence and Muscle Shoals police officers became involved when the suspect vehicle moved toward the Muscle Shoals area. Police stopped the vehicle in Muscle Shoals soon after.

Police took the suspect, non-UNA student Andrew Tyler Williams, into custody at 12:19 a.m. UNA police confiscated two .380 caliber handguns from Williams’s possession.

Williams was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment.

After the vehicle left campus, UNA police determined there was no longer a threat and no reason to send a campus wide lion alert.

“We are very thankful everyone remained safe during this incident, for those who reported, our police officers who promptly responded and for the support of our surrounding police agencies who assisted,” Gillian said.

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