Better communications needed after UT gunman case
AUSTIN — Better communication is needed between police and other emergency responders during incidents such as when a University of Texas sophomore killed himself at school.
The UT Police Department on Monday released its report on the Sept. 28 incident in which Colton Tooley opened fire on the Austin campus. Nobody else was hurt.
The report praised the response of police and alerting students and staff, including sirens and text messages. But the 911 calls from cell phones went to Austin police, while campus phones were routed to UT police. Not all officers knew that a certain radio channel was being used.
Police are working to better coordinate their efforts. Chief Robert Dahlstrom also says recommendations to hire additional police would be difficult due to budget concerns. The department has 65 officers.