M16-Toting Fan Got Inside Michigan Game

October 21, 2010 - 4:41 PM

Michigan Stadium field

In this Nov. 21, 2009, file photo, Michigan football players jump to touch the "Go Blue" banner as they run onto the Michigan Stadium field before the annual NCAA college football game with Ohio State, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

(AP) - A National Guardsman toting two unloaded M16 assault rifles told security at Michigan Stadium that he was part of the official honor guard and was allowed onto the field during the Michigan-Michigan State football game, authorities said Thursday.

Before he went into the Big House, where more than 113,000 people had gathered on Oct. 9, a police officer ensured his weapons were empty and double-checked that he did not have any ammunition on him, said Diane Brown, a spokeswoman for the university's department of public safety.

A member of the color guard reported the impostor, who was escorted out by police at 4:15 p.m., about 45 minutes after kickoff.

"Unfortunately, he used his uniform and his status to gain unauthorized access to the field," Brown told The Associated Press. "His response was that he really wanted to see the game, he couldn't get a ticket, and he thought he would use his uniform for access."

Brown said the unidentified man was compliant. The Washtenaw County prosecutor's office is looking at the case, but has not decided yet whether to file any charges, she said.

The university is reviewing its protocols at checkpoints to the stadium, but nobody is facing disciplinary measures, she said.

WJBK-TV in Detroit first reported on the security breach.