TC student arrested for allegedly displaying gun on campus


An argument on the Texarkana College campus Thursday leads to the arrest of one student on a weapons charge.

21 year-old Stephen Burris is accused of unlawfully carring a weapon after police say he had a gun in the waistband of his pants, in view of everyone.

Officials say that’s against the law, even though Burris has a valid license to carry permit.  A second gun was found in his backpack.  No injuries are reported.  Texarkana College Police Chief Stephen Gass said, “We always, you know, really tell everybody in our community, if you see something suspicious to report it, and that’s what happened here and it turned out very well.”

Burriss has been banned from campus until the investigation is complete.  Officials say they’ll report the incident to the state and his permit may be revoked.

Official TC release:

At approximately 8:50 a.m. today, an altercation occurred on the Texarkana College campus. TC administrators immediately reported the incident to the TC campus police, who responded to the situation within two minutes.  A suspect, who is a TC student, is in custody and there is no threat to the campus. Two firearms were found in the possession of this subject.  The subject did hold a valid license to carry permit.  It is alleged that the subject displayed the firearm at some point during the altercation which is not allowed under the license to carry.  The suspect is being transported to the Bi-State Justice Building for processing. The details of the altercation are still under investigation. There is no threat to the safety and security of the campus or TC students at this time.

TC students were on campus at the time of the incident. A witness has come forward to help with identification and details. TC students, faculty and staff responded to a threating situation in a very positive and efficient way by reporting what they saw.  TC administration encourages members of the TC community to always report any suspicious activity immediately to TC police and to remain aware of their surroundings at all times.  TC police may be contacted by calling 903-798-3330.
Students, citizens, TC administration, faculty, staff, and TC police department are to be commended for their actions.  Suspicious behavior was observed and the proper notifications were made. Immediately reporting this suspicious behavior enabled the TC police to respond and handle the situation in a matter of minutes before this situation escalated.
As the details unfold, we will continue to keep you abreast of the situation.

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