TYLER - One student was arrested and warrants were issued for two others in connection with a Sept. 12 disturbance on the Tyler Junior College campus.
TJC Campus Police arrested Tyron Shead Thursday, and charged him with possession of a firearm on campus and tampering with evidence. Both charges are 3rd degree felonies.
Police are looking for two more people in connection with the disturbance, but did not release their names.
Nine additional students face Student Code of Conduct violations, but TJC will not release their names citing FERPA privacy.
"Bringing firearms on campus illegally and discharging those firearms on campus is irresponsible and dangerous," said TJC Police Chief Randy Melton. "These defendants purposefully committed criminal acts and put other students at risk in the process. TJC has worked tirelessly to bring the appropriate individuals to justice."
According to TJC President, Mike Metke, "Providing a safe and secure campus is our highest priority. We have zero tolerance for behavior that threatens, endangers or intimidates others, and we have relentlessly investigated all those involved in the September 12th incident. We are vigorously pursuing prosecution of any criminal behavior as well as enforcement of all school policies. In addition, we are making changes in our student housing to better ensure that students who are most likely to benefit from a TJC education are able to earn the privilege of living on campus."
Tyler Police and the Smith County Attorney's office assisted TJC Campus Police in the investigation.
Tyron Shead remains in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $50,000.
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