Fraternity Initiation Leads To Standoff With Police
ALTON, Texas (AP) — Members of a University of Texas Rio Grande Valley fraternity have been involved in an armed standoff with police after multiple reports of shots fired at an Alton-area ranch.
Fifty-four men who said they were Kappa Sigma fraternity members were gathered inside the 7-acre ranch around 12:45 a.m. Thursday.
Law enforcement seized two rifles and a shotgun after being held up for about 45 minutes. Four men who admitted to firing shots were cited for disturbing the peace.
Alton Police chief Enrique Sotelo says a fraternity spokesman told police the fraternity was conducting an initiation for new members when they decided to fire the weapons.
University spokesman Patrick Gonzales says university police are investigating the incident. The university has prohibited the fraternity from conducting any business on or off campus without the dean of students' permission.