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Tech student arrested with multiple weapons

By Will Housley
On September 22, 2011

A Tech student was arrested by university police for the possession of a loaded revolver, a shotgun and several knives on Sept. 21 in a Tech parking lot.

According to the university police report, Robert Erik Haggard, 19, of MS Cooper Hall, was arrested on the Possession of Weapons on Campus (T.C.A. 39-17-1309) charge.

Shortly after 11 p.m., Officer Jeffrey Bulakowski and Sgt. Sandy Thompson were patrolling the north paved lot of Jobe Hall when they noticed suspicious activity at a parked truck.

Officers approached two male subjects and asked them who owned the truck. One of the men claimed he didn't know, but police continued to question the men.

While investigating, the officers observed what appeared to be a marijuana grinder and green leafy traces of what appeared to be marijuana, through the truck's window. Sgt. Thompson also observed a bullet in the center console, prompting a search of the vehicle.

After identifying Haggard as the vehicle owner, officers questioned him about the visible items in the truck. Haggard denied any knowledge of the items.

University police found a fully loaded .22 Mag. Heritage revolver wrapped in a green rag, a 20-gauge New England Firearms shotgun behind the driver's seat, one 4-and-a-half inch blade buck knife, one 3-and-a-half inch blade buck knife, a switchblade, a revolver cylinder with four rounds of ammunition, a total of 50 .22 rounds, and four 20-gauge rounds.

According to a supplement report, the officers also found drug paraphernalia items, including a small pipe and a large pipe. A small amount of marijuana was also found in a cigarette box.

Haggard was transported and booked into the Putnam County jail, where bond was set at $1,500. According to a court affidavit, Haggard has a court date on Oct. 17.


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