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Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 289 2016
between law enforcement in Tallahassee, Florida, neighboring agencies
often scan the radio frequencies of nearby partners. One nearby City
of Tallahassee Police officer was within one block of the FSU campus
when the call for help went out. Over the next 30 to 40 seconds, FSU
Police Department and City of Tallahassee Police officers observed a
man in front of the library waving a gun. Police officers instructed him
to drop the weapon. Responding, “You’re going to have to kill me,” he
fired a shot in the direction of an FSUPD officer. The police returned fire.
At approximately 12:27 a.m., the subject, Myron May, lay on the library
steps, no longer a threat to students or law enforcement officers.
The investigation into the shooting and background of Myron May was
led by the City of Tallahassee Police Department, with assistance from
the Florida State University Police Department.
Michelle
Michelle, the librarian with oversight of the overnight team, was at home
that night. She was accustomed to receiving texts from Zachary at night
because he was new to his position and sometimes sought advice. He
knew to phone after midnight, when Michelle was likely to be sleeping,
if he needed her guidance in the middle of the night. When Michelle’s
phone rang around 12:30, she answered and was alarmed to hear yelling
and sirens in the background, with Zachary saying calmly, “There’s been
a shooting in the library.”
“I bolted straight up,” Michelle recalled. “Zachary said much more, but
it’s become a blur. You think you’ll remember everything about a night
like that but all I recall is saying, ‘Wait, what?’ Zachary said he had to go
but would call back, and that he thought everyone was okay.”
Michelle called her supervisor, Bridgett, and then called Dirac Science
Library, which was also open. News of the shooting had gone viral on
social media, and many students headed for Dirac. “The staff there
was letting students in without a thought as to whether they might be
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