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Man Accidentally Fires Gun On Campus, Found Guilty Of Public Drunkenness

A State College man who accidentally fired .45 caliber gun on campus last summer was found not guilty of Recklessly Endangering Another Person but guilty of Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness earlier today.

33-year old Gavin Crutchfield was at Café 210 with his girlfriend on August 14, 2015 carrying a loaded handgun. The two were there for several hours and, according to a release from Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, Crutchfield drank “multiple pitchers of beer” throughout his stay. When they left the bar, the two got into an argument that caused them to part ways and gun-toting Crutchfield to hop a fence onto Penn State property.

What fence did Crutchfield jump? The release didn’t say, but he must have been pretty drunk considering there are essentially unlimited ways to get on campus without having to jump a fence. Anyway, I digress.

In his efforts to jump this fence in his intoxicated state, Crutchfield accidentally pulled the trigger on his loaded gun. Despite the fact that there were many people walking around campus, downtown, and right near Crutchfield, nobody was injured. He then ran from the scene where he set off his gun and ditched the weapon under an HVAC unit near Old Main, where it was found the next morning.

The report doesn’t indicate whether or not Crutchfield was legally permitted to be carrying the weapon. He is facing a fine of $325 for the two charges as well as any other court or legal fees he incurs.

“Guns and alcohol never mix and should never be handled when someone is intoxicated,” Miller said in the release. “We are very happy that no one was actually harmed.”

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