Trespasser apprehended for carrying weapons into the Law Library

Note: The following announcement has been issued by the University of Louisville. The University and the Law School will provide more information as it becomes available. I hasten to add my thanks to those expressed below by Provost Willihnganz. Quick, clear thinking and action by Law School personnel and UofL Police kept our community safe today.


A former University of Louisville student and contract employee was apprehended by UofL Police this morning after carrying weapons into the Law Library.

UofL Police have arrested Thomas H. Irwin and charged him with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and with criminal trespass.

According to police, Irwin entered the law library at about 8:30 a.m. with two handguns and ammunition. After receiving a call from an employee, UofL Police arrived on the scene and escorted Irwin from the premises without incident. He was taken to ULPD headquarters for further investigation.

Irwin had been declared persona non grata by the university in December 2008.

UofL officials praised the law school employee who called the police.

“We have systems in place to protect our students, faculty and staff, and in this case the employee acted quickly and appropriately,” said Provost Shirley Willihnganz. “I also want to thank our police for acting quickly.”

The university will provide more details later today.