PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins issued this statement today (Feb. 20) regarding the death of WSU student Joseph N. Tibbs at his off-campus apartment as the result of what Pullman Police said appears to be an accidental discharge of a firearm:

“Early Friday morning, a tragedy struck down one of our students at Washington State University, apparently as the result of an accident involving a gun. As a university community, we want to express our deepest condolences to the family of the victim, and our readiness to provide any help we can to family members and friends of those involved and to authorities investigating this incident.

“We hope that all our students will find an important and somber lesson in this tragic death, and will determine to be careful and use good judgment as they move forward.”