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Police Didn't Know About Gun Threat On UI Student

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Police say they didn't know about alleged gun threats a University of Idaho professor made against a graduate student until after he shot and killed her.

Katy Benoit complained to the university in June that professor Ernesto Bustamante had pointed a gun at her three times. The university urged Benoit to take safety precautions and go to
police.

Moscow Police Chief David Duke told The Associated Press Friday his agency didn't learn about the gun threats until finding a copy of Benoit's complaint after Bustamante shot her Aug. 22 and then
committed suicide.

Duke says nothing in the law required the university to report the alleged threats in this case. University officials have defended their response to Benoit's complaint, saying they involved police early in a threat assessment.

      
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