Campus police arrested a man at Pima Community College East Campus on Dec. 4 after a cafeteria employee noticed that he was carrying a gun.
The cafeteria worker notified the PCC Department of Public Safety officer on duty at the campus. Not long after, other DPS officers responded and took the man into custody.
Officers discovered the man was not a PCC student and the gun was unloaded.
The man was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant and was booked into the Pima County Jail. No threat was made and no students were harmed.
PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert sent a letter to campus employees informing them of the incident and praising the quick actions of those involved.
“The arrest took place with no disruption to East Campus’ operations, thanks to our officers’ decisive work and keen observation by the cafeteria employee,” he wrote.
The arrest comes as the college continues to assess security on campuses. PCC has hired Security Risk Management Consultants LLC through 2014 to help the college determine areas where security needs to be improved.
Lambert thinks the security firm will continue to improve security on campus.
“To bring in people that have a broader perspective … that’s an asset,” Lambert said during an October interview.
The security firm’s contract with PCC is worth $86,000.
-By Brenda Pacheco