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An official notice from the President

Dec. 13, 2015

Dear UNT community members,

This is a tragic day for our university family. Early this morning, one of our UNT Police officers fatally shot a suspect after responding to reports of a person knocking out car windows near the intersection of Oak and Fry streets.

When the officer arrived, he encountered a white male suspect in the street who was carrying an axe. The suspect advanced on the officer and the officer fired at the suspect, who sadly was one of our students. The suspect was the only person injured. His name has not yet been released by the Medical Examiner.

This is a tragic event that saddens us as a university community. We offer our condolences to the individuals, their families and all involved.

According to UNT Police Chief Ed Reynolds, our police department is cooperating fully in the investigations being conducted by the Texas Rangers and the Denton Police Department.

The police officer involved will be placed on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Although this is a time when many of our students, faculty and staff are home for the holidays, I ask that you please help to support each other during this sad time.

If you find it beneficial, please take advantage of the resources we offer. Free counseling is available to students through the Counseling and Testing center. On-call counselors can be reached today via 940-565-3003. Beginning Monday, counselors will be available in Chestnut Hall Room 311, and no appointment is necessary. The university offers free, short-term counseling services for UNT employees through the university’s Employee Assistance Program, which can be reached by calling 800-343-3822. We will keep Goolsby Chapel open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Sunday) for anyone seeking a quiet place for reflection.

Sincerely,
Neal Smatresk
UNT President

Posted on: Sun 13 December 2015

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