Firearm on GSU campus leads to arrest

Grambling State University police arrested a male earlier this week for having a firearm on campus. 

GSU Police were contacted by housing personnel in response to a loud music complaint and smoking inside a room in Bowen Hall. When GSU officer Cpl. Boldes arrived, the Resident Assistant was questioning three individuals sitting in the open area. The RA informed Boldes that when she attempted to enter the room, someone pushed the door shut and she could hear multiple people running through the four-room apartment. 

As Boldes entered the room, a smell of suspected marijuana and marijuana pieces inside the trash can were noticed. Boldes asked the three individuals whether there were any more people inside the room, and they stated yes. There was a male hiding near the shower in one of the bathrooms, two females sitting on the bed in one bedroom, and one male and one female hiding in a closet. As Boldes cleared the room to ensure no one else was inside, Boldes noticed a small fanny pack on the ground inside the closet with a hard object inside – a loaded Springfield handgun with a weapon light attachment, along with a magazine and four rounds. 

Boldes immediately placed the two individuals who were hiding in the closet in handcuffs, but neither claimed ownership of the handgun. After questioning one of the room’s occupants, Boldes found out that Collin James Smith, one of the individuals in the closet, had the fanny pack before the RA made entry in the room. The female who was in the closet with Smith said she saw him drop the fanny pack in the closet while they were hiding. 

Smith was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked on charges of having a firearm on school property.  


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