Grant Houx, your everyday CSU student, had a frightening
experience last year when a police officer mistakenly believed
Houx, a junior majoring in communications, was carrying a gun.
“We were leaving a party and I was walking home with about six
people after a heavy night of drinking,” he said. “On the way, all
of the sudden a crazy girl who we’d never met was screaming
profanities at us.”
Deciding to continue the dialogue, one of Houx’s buddies
responded with a “second-grade ‘your mom’ comment,” Houx said.
After that comment things began to escalate.
“It was like a helicopter out of the sky. The girl started doing
the windmill on my buddy. She was really swinging like crazy,” Houx
Houx responded in what he thought to be the most rational
“I tried to respectfully grab her from behind to stop the
craziness when her boyfriend, whom I hadn’t seen, blindsided me
with a blow to my head, knocking my hat off. After responding with
a few punches, cops had arrived on the scene,” he said.
Like many have before, everyone responded the same way to the
“I grabbed my hat, threw it in my jacket and started scampering
off home with everybody else,” he said.
And like many before him, he was caught.
“At the next intersection a cop approached, shining lights in my
eyes,” Houx said. “He got out of the cruiser and yelled
Houx didn’t have to be told twice.
“He asked what was in my sweatshirt and I pulled out my hat.
With his great vision he thought it was a gun and ripped his pistol
from his holster, pointing it in my face. I dropped my hat and
The officer realized the item was not a gun after Houx dropped
it to the ground. He then began to question Houx.
“He holstered his gun and began asking me things and one of his
questions demanded what I would have done had he shot me.”
Houx was surprisingly honest.
“I would have died.”
The officer finished questioning Houx and told him to go