College Student Killed on his Birthday by Campus Police for Holding an Axe

Denton, TX — A sophomore student at the University of North Texas was shot and killed by a campus cop late Saturday night. Ryan McMillan, described by friends as “one of the nicest people,” had just turned 21.


A call was put in to the Denton police department about a person breaking car windows. Although the reported incident was two blocks off campus, the unnamed UNT officer picked up the call and responded to the scene.

University officials said McMillan “advanced” toward the officer with the axe, although no witnesses have corroborated that story. UNT cops wear body cameras, so presumably there is footage of the incident. Whether this will be released to the public is unknown at this time.

A brief video of McMillan was submitted North Texas Daily, that show him walking through a parking garage holding the axe. While it was a poor decision to walk around holding an axe, it’s not illegal, and it certainly doesn’t warrant being killed.

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