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Tusculum Police say "Pioneer Alert" lead to arrest of alleged gunman on campus

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30 minutes after Tusculum students were informed to get inside and lock their door's, police arrested the alleged armed suspect, Zellburge Gleaves.  According to police a quick arrest thanks to what's called a "Pioneer Alert."

"It's a voicemail and text messaging system that can go out to all of our students at one time and warn them about what's going on," said Suzanne Richey, Director of Communications at Tusculum.

Tusculum Police Chief Danny Greene says once the students we're informed, tips on Gleaves whereabouts began to flood in.  The final tips came from student inside the Dean House on the campus.

"The students knew what was going and sent us text's saying he was in their building.  Some one actually called the Sheriff's Department and said I believe the guy your looking for is in our building," said Tusculum Police Chief Danny Greene.

When police arrived at the Dean House, Chief Greene says Gleaves surrendered.

Alison Buck was in the house at the time of the arrest and she says it was a scary situation.

"There was a lot of chaos.  Everybody was just like lock all the doors, lock all the doors," said student Alison Buck.

Buck says when they learned Gleaves was in the house, everyone became very tense.

"Police were surrounding the house and there was 12 cops cars all around the house.  We we're looking through the blinds and they were shining lights in and guns were pointed at the house," said Buck.

Buck says she is very thankful for the alert system because it made everyone aware of the situation, which she says could have potentially saved lives.  College officials say that is exactly why the system is in place, because they do not take any risks when it comes to their students.

Gleaves was charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest. 


Gleaves was arrested once before in Washington County, Tennessee.  In February 2012, Gleaves was charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as driving on a suspended license.

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