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Evaluations made in wake of campus threat


By Scott Harvey

Commerce – University Police at A&M-Commerce are assessing Tuesday's response to an alleged gunman on campus and the subsequent arrest of an 18-year-old student.

Sravan Vemuri has since been released after being charged with disorderly conduct for possession of an Airsoft pistol.

According to Crime Information Officer Jason Bone, the quick response from officers and immediate downgrade of the situation eliminated the need to use PAWS, the University's emergency alert system.

"We received the call at 3:36 p.m., we dispatched it in the same minute and we actually arrived in that same minute," said Bone. "Within two minutes we had identified who it was that supposedly had a gun. Basically by the time we could have even put out PAWS, the incident was over."

Bone added that the primary use of the PAWS system is to protect lives, and to put out information that is of vital importance.

"If we would have had a different scenario Tuesday where a longer time period was going to pass or the officers arrived and someone said hey he just ran out that door, then certainly we would have done a PAWS notification and advised people what to do."

He also wants to make sure that PAWS stays an emergency notification tool, and doesn't become a system that disseminates non essential information where people would begin to tune out messages.