Suspect arrested in Friley Residence Hall for posession of a firearm


An Iowa State Police officer at a traffic stop on Union Drive. 

Thomas Hugo

Inebriation and failure to abide by concealed carry laws led to a Saturday morning arrest by the Iowa State Police Department.

At 6:35 a.m., an intoxicated 22-year-old male was intercepted by police after entering Friley Residence Hall with a concealed handgun Michael Gatewood, an Iowa State Police officer, said. 

The suspect, Michael Morris, 22, reportedly walked into a room in Friley where he removed his weapon. An officer found Morris lying down covered in his own vomit, Gatewood said. When police apprehended him, Morris said he was a police officer, which was found false. 

Morris does not live in Friley, and explained to police that he was disoriented after a drunken night out at the bars. The weapon was a black Walther PPS 9mm handgun, for which Morris had a non-professional concealed carry permit.

Since Morris was intoxicated, his permit was not valid at the time of the incident, Gatewood said. Morris was also breaking Iowa State University’s firearms policy, which prohibits firearms on campus.

Morris told police that he brought his weapon to the bars for self-defense and admitted that it was a bad decision. Morris was charged with public intoxication, illegal possession of a weapon and impersonating a police officer.