The following message was sent to the campus community Jan. 25, 2023 by William & Mary Police Chief, Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Emergency Management Team Co-Chair Deb Cheesebro – Ed.

Dear William & Mary Community –

Williamsburg Police issued a press release this morning about a shooting that occurred near campus last night in which the suspect was immediately apprehended. We wanted to make sure you had these details. No member of the William & Mary community was involved. Williamsburg Police are leading the investigation.

Though this incident occurred off campus, it was nearby. We recognize any incident like this, whether near or far away, can increase safety concerns. As you can see in the City’s release, the suspect in last night’s incident was immediately apprehended, and there was no imminent or on-going threat to our campus community.

The safety of this community is William & Mary Police’s top priority. WMPD officers are on patrol 24/7 and work closely with all area law enforcement agencies, as they did with last night’s incident.

Anytime we have an incident this close to campus, WMPD conducts a real-time risk assessment. If we determine an incident presents a threat to campus, an immediate TribeAlert is sent to the community. Each of you should already be registered for TribeAlerts. If you are not, you may do so through Banner. 

Our officers are dedicated to keeping you safe. Please know that they are here for you all day, every day.

Anytime you need police immediately, dial 911. The university also has the following safety and support resources:

Rave Guardian app. It works like an emergency “blue phone” in your pocket and has a number of additional important safety functions. One touch can connect you immediately with W&M Police, or you can send a text or photo tip. 

Crisis Manager app. Allows you to download the William & Mary Emergency Response Guide to your smartphone and other mobile devices.

William & Mary Campus Escort. W&M Campus Escort mobile app available in the Google Play and Apple stores.

William & Mary Counseling Center. 757-221-3620

Deb Cheesebro, associate vice president for public safety, chief of police and Emergency Management Team co-chair

William & Mary