Competency Evaluation Ordered for U.Va. Student Over Gunman Hoax

Bryant Alexander Hairston charged with falsely summoning law enforcement officials

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013  |  Updated 10:42 AM EDT
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The University of Virginia-Wise student accused of falsely reporting a gunman on campus will undergo a competency evaluation.

Bryant Alexander Hairston's arraignment had been scheduled for Thursday, but it's been postponed until after the evaluation, reports the Bristol Herald-Courier.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Meade Sargent approved a defense request for the evaluation last week.

Hairston, a 20-year-old Martinsville resident, is accused of calling 911 on Jan. 23 and

reporting he had seen a gunman

on campus. The call prompted university officials to place the school on lockdown.

Hairston, a sophomore psychology major, was

charged with falsely summoning law enforcement officials

. He was banned from campus pending review of the charges.

Police said Hairston confessed while being interviewed by state police agents.


The Wise campus in the far southwest part of the state near the borders of Tennessee and North Carolina has about 2,000 students.

There was no telephone listing for Hairston in Wise or Martinsville.

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