Dad: Gonzaga wrong to punish son for self-defense with gun


by KGW Staff

Bio | Email | Follow: @KGWNews

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 11:37 AM

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. – Two seniors at Gonzaga University were put on probation by school officials after pulling a gun on a man who broke into their apartment in Spokane.

The story made national headlines. Now, one of the students’ fathers is fighting to clear his son’s name.

“He’s an Eagle Scout,” Jim McIntosh said of his son, Daniel. “I’ve never had to tell that kid to go to bed, ever. I’ve never had to tell that kid to do his homework.”

In late Oct., Gonzaga students Eric Fagan and Daniel McIntosh said they felt they needed to protect themselves in late October when a convicted felon came to their door asking for money.

Fagan said he yelled for his roommate after trying to get the man to leave. McIntosh came down with his gun, which he has a concealed weapons permit for according to Fagan. The roommates said McIntosh scared the man off by flashing the gun.

But university leaders said the students violated school gun policy and could face expulsion. They also confiscated the gun, as well as a shotgun the roommates had in the university-owned apartment.


Jim McIntosh of Battle Ground said although his son is graduating soon with an engineering degree, he is worried the situation may cost Daniel a job after graduation.

Jim said the university acted irresponsibly and he wants the boys’ academic record cleared. He also believes the boys did exactly what they should have done when faced with a threat at their apartment.

“I'd really like to see a state-by-state, community-by-community [conversation],” Jim said. ”Organizations, employers ought to start looking at honest conversations about employee safety and public safety.”

Jim said the boys are working with an attorney recommended by the National Rifle Association and they recently found out the school would be returning their guns.

But as of Tuesday, they were still on probation.


KGW Reporter Mike Benner contributed to this report.