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WSU Police: We don't want an emergency on campus, but we're ready if there is one

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PULLMAN, Wash. - One person is under arrest after some scary moments earlier Wednesday on the campus of Washington state university and now we're learning about the precautions in place to keep faculty and students safe. About 10 o clock Wednesday morning WSU Police got a phone call of a former student on campus acting erratically.

That former student, identified as Jake Merrick, had also posted some concerning comments online including a picture of himself holding a gun, which later was found to be an air soft rifle. Campus police conducted a welfare check and found Merrick inside a WSU fraternity four hours later. He was taken into custody by Pullman Police for a mental health evaluation and arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Moses Lake.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Hansen says WSU is prepared for and practices for potentially dangerous situations on campus twice a year. They have an emergency notification system in place that instantly alerts all students and faculty of any threats on campus. In this case however no one was ever in any danger so the alert was never activated. Students we talked to on campus tonight say they feel safe and commended the police on a great job of identifying a potential threat.

Jake Merrick is being held on stolen property charges. WSU Police say they're glad they didn't have to activate an alert but say it's ready if it's ever needed.

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