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News Service

News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

3-24-08

Contact:

Gene Deisinger, ISU Police, (515) 294-4428, erdeisin@iastate.edu.edu

Pellet gun discovered in Willow Hall room

On March 23, the ISU Police Division was informed that a weapon had been discovered in a Willow Hall room. Officers responded and recovered a pellet gun that was hidden inside a pair of gloves. The item was seized as evidence and will be transported to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime laboratory in Ankeny for forensic examination.

Police believe the pellet gun bears a strong resemblance to the semi-automatic handgun which was reportedly displayed during the early morning of March 16.

Following that initial report, several extensive searches of common areas in and around the Maple-Willow-Larch complex were conducted, to include hallways, dens, bathrooms, toilets, trash receptacles, ceilings, rooftops, elevator shafts and landscaping areas. The room where the weapon was recovered had also been searched by officers after consent had been received from one of the room's residents.

After the searches did not recover a weapon, police urged anyone finding a firearm, or pieces of a firearm, to not handle it, but immediately call police.

Several charges were filed against Jawon Jackson on March 16 based upon initial eyewitness accounts; however, they were subsequently dismissed after additional evidence had not been uncovered. The investigation is continuing.

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Incident timeline, Mar. 16

  • 9:45 a.m.: ISU Police announce that Jawon R. Jackson, 20, of Aurora, Ill., has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident at Willow Hall
  • 2:20 a.m.: Normal activity resumed in Willow Hall
  • 1:58 a.m.: Police found man, who reportedly had been seen with gun, in Willow Hall
  • 1:40 a.m.: ISU Alert sent to students, faculty, staff
  • 1:32 a.m.: Police locate eyewitness in a Willow Hall room and obtain additional information
  • 12:55 a.m: Police receive call from student, notify area law enforcement agencies and immediately respond to scene