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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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