Campus Police Officers Monty Ward and Josh Lowry have been suspended without pay for insubordination after refusing to follow orders to not leave their jurisdiction.
The suspensions come after the two officers responded to last weekend’s fight and alleged gunshots at the off campus apartment complex Varisty Place. We will keep you updated as information comes in.
Campus Police have no comment at this time and have asked the Pow Wow to wait until Chief Melton returns for comment.
Update: Fred Peters, director of public affairs and grant development, has responded to the Pow Wow with this statement:
“Officers Josh Lowry and Monty Ward have been suspended without pay until completion of an investigation concerning their response to a report of a fight off campus Tuesday night. The Tyler PD worked the alleged fight investigation. TJC police were not requested. The officers allegedly left their jurisdiction without cause.”
It should be noted that no official press release has been sent out at this time.