Man detained by SIU police for having airsoft gun on campus

By Luke Nozicka, @lukenozicka

A person who was in possession of a replica shotgun was detained Monday morning outside of the Student Center, according to an SIU police tweet. 

There was no threat to public safety and the person who was detained — a white male in his mid-30s — is not affiliated with the university, SIU Police Chief Benjamin Newman said. 

Newman said the airsoft gun had an orange tip on it, which lets people know the weapon is a fake or toy. He said the man left it outside the Student Center and later came back out to sit by the airsoft gun.


SIU police are investigating. The department can be reached at 618-453-3771.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 
Luke Nozicka can be reached at [email protected] or 618-536-3325.