Dear WSU Pullman community,
The Pullman Police Department responded to a situation south
of campus that started yesterday evening (December 14) and
continued through the night. As reported in the Pullman Police
Department’s news release, officers learned a male in his thirties
was threatening to harm his roommates. The roommates were safely
evacuated from the apartment and Pullman officers attempted to
speak with the male, but he barricaded himself inside the
As the situation escalated, crisis negotiators from the Pullman
and WSU police departments, along with the Whitman County Regional
SWAT Team, responded to the scene. Because of the close proximity
to the Pullman campus, a WSU Alert was issued out of an abundance of
caution advising of the nearby public safety threat and urging
people to avoid the area. The incident was ultimately resolved
early this morning, and the suspect was found deceased when the
Whitman County Regional SWAT Team cleared the apartment.
We know our community members are deeply concerned about last
night’s incident and that it adds a great deal of stress and
anxiety during an already trying time of the year. I appreciate
WSU Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins’ partnership with the Pullman
Police Department in this matter and his commitment to keeping our
WSU community informed. I also want to thank the staff from Student
Affairs who are actively caring for 20 or so WSU students and eight
non‑students who were safely evacuated from the adjacent apartments.
Our top priority is always to keep our faculty, staff, and students
safe. A list of the support services available for students is
provided below. Employees are encouraged to utilize the
Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides confidential
counseling and referral services to WSU faculty, administrative
professional, and classified staff. We encourage you to utilize the
available resources, as your health and wellness are critically important.
Student Support Resources
- After hours crisis phone: Call 509‑335‑2159 for WSU Counseling
and Psychological Services (CAPS) after‑hours crisis counselors.
Available on weekends, university holidays, and after 5 p.m. on
- CAPS crisis appointments: Call 509‑335‑4511 to schedule a same
day in person or telehealth appointment.
- Mobile mental health services are available anytime, anywhere,
including phone access to live mental health support services
after‑hours, a self‑guided therapy app, and anonymous and safe chat
rooms to discuss mental health.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 support
from volunteer Crisis Counselors.
- Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988 for 24/7 support
from trained counselors who can listen and provide support.
If additional pertinent information becomes available, we will
update the WSU Pullman community.
As the semester break nears, please look out for one another,
keep an eye on the weather, schedule travel plans accordingly, and
prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you. Let’s
continue to support each other and our communities during this
holiday season and always.
Elizabeth S. Chilton
WSU Pullman Chancellor
Provost and Executive Vice President