Greenville & ECU Police To Evaluate Response to Reports Of Gun

A day after ECU was put on lockdown while authorities combed the campus searching for a suspected gunman who turned out to be carrying an umbrella, the Greenville Police are discussing their response.

Deputy Chief Joseph Bartlett says 25 to 30 Greenville Police officers responded to campus following 911 calls about an armed man close by.

Bartlett says they took the information at face value and says as information continued to come in, they changed their response accordingly. Although some joke that police overreacted to what turned out to be an umbrella, Bartlett says officers were doing their jobs. Bartlett says, "If there had been a person with a rifle that meant to do someone harm, would we have overreacted? We were operating under the information that we had. We had information that an armed person went on campus, and then we started getting some other information that we had no choice but to respond to."

Bartlett says the Greenville Police Department will meet with ECU Police to look at their response and discuss ways to improve in the future. He says no date has been set for that meeting yet.

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  • by Gforce Location: coast on Nov 19, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    I woulldn't call Greenville police the laughing stock, I was impressed with the silenced/bolt action/bipod 30-06 and the full dress M-16's, they showed some serious firepower. I love guns and they were tight. I wanted to post for the umbrella guy, this is your chance dude, T-shirts, hats, it's your fifteen minutes. You Know Dale Earnhardt made more off T-shirts and hats than he did racing? You could quit school and ride the big money wave! WHat are you gonna do next? Maybe a walking cane at the white house? Possibilities are endless, go for it dude. I would buy a "umbrellaman" T-shirt right now, yo!!!
  • by Matt Location: Greenville on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:22 PM
    All we really to need to realize is that they did what they were supposed to do with the given information. I don't think they overreacted at all. What if it had been another incident like what happened at VA Tech, but they didn't respond that way; how many people would have been killed, and how many people would have responded by saying they should have done more. The fact is that they followed procedure, and made sure that everyone was safe. Good Job Greenville PD, and ECU PD.
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      by Steve on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:23 PM in reply to Matt
      How did they make sure that anyone was safe? They never found the "gunman". He was in a classroom!! With what would have been dozens of victims!! A college kid with a cell phone did a better job than the police. At least he found him. The only thing the police did was create a panic, never find the "gunman" and point their guns at a lot of innocent people.
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      by Former ECU Student on Nov 17, 2011 at 09:41 PM in reply to Matt
      The way I see it, I don't see what would have been so hard about, I don't know, reviewing the footage while they waited for the officers to arrive at the scene and decide to call them off? I mean, come on. They should have cameras that are MUCH clearer than they have now, this isn't the 90s anymore.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    I am not sure how anyone could think the reaction from the police was a success. If this guy had an actual gun and actually wanted to use it they would have been 10 minutes behind at a minimum. He could have killed dozens. A student in the Wright food court found the guy based on the traffic cam image before the cops did!!!
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      by biscuit on Nov 17, 2011 at 08:59 PM in reply to Steve
      So, what should they have done differently. And what should they do in the future?
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      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 09:21 PM in reply to Steve
      Precisely what I've been thinking, Steve. Nothing about the way it turned out instills confidence in me that a "real situation" would have been handled with a positive outcome.
  • by DS1 on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:16 PM
    This further proves that the GPD and ECU police are a laughing stock.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:32 PM in reply to DS1
      Perhaps you would like to try their job for a while. But then, suspect you would not be able to make the grade.
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        by ang on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:51 PM in reply to
        Yea...lets do their job once and see how you would respond! Better to be safe than sorry!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    Interesting that there is no coverage of the Occupy Wall Street events of today on WITN's web site.
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      by yeah on Nov 17, 2011 at 06:07 PM in reply to
      Occupy a desk
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      by John on Nov 17, 2011 at 07:28 PM in reply to
      Barrack Obama's instigation of class warfare will become his undoing in next years elections.

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