NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A student was placed behind bars accused of having a gun on the campus of Tennessee State University.
The student told police he was carrying the gun around to protect himself from another student who threatened to kill him.
Derwin Stennins, age 20, was in Metro jail charged with carrying a weapon on school property, which is a felony.
TSU police officers were called out to a residence hall Saturday night regarding trespassers.
The room in question was supposed to be empty since it wasn't assigned, but several men were found inside, including Stennins.
Details were not released on why they were there, but as the men were leaving, police spotted Stennins with a gun case tucked under his arm.
Authorities said they found one round in the chamber and 14 more rounds in the magazine.
Stennins told police he had someone buy the gun for him in Memphis for $300.
He was being held on a $5,000 bond.