Police subdue Ohio student armed with pellet gun

CLEVELAND, Ohio Mon Dec 2, 2013 12:50pm EST

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (Reuters) - A Toledo, Ohio student, armed with a pellet gun and holed up by himself at a high school was taken into custody on Monday after police used a non-lethal "bean bag" projectile to end a standoff, authorities said.

The 14-year-old Scott High School student displayed a pellet gun, but did not threaten anyone with it, Toledo Police Lieutenant Mark King said. King did not identify the student.

"It was a pellet gun, but it looked real," King said in a telephone interview.

"He had been holding a bag with the gun in it and became agitated and pulled the gun. That's when SWAT hit him with a non-lethal bean bag," King said.

Toledo Public Schools spokeswoman Patty Mazur said no shots were fired by the student and no injuries were reported in the incident that began at about 8:45 a.m. ET (1345 GMT).

Mazur said the student would face disciplinary action. She did not confirm his age or identity. Classes were dismissed starting at midday and will resume Tuesday with counselors and extra security, she said.

King said the student was being held at Toledo Police headquarters and authorities had not determined a motive for his actions.

The school's security force was preparing for a practice lock down drill when the incident began, King said.

(Reporting by Kim Palmer; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Scott Malone)

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Comments (9)
gregbrew56 wrote:
Guns don’t kill people…irresponsible owners that allow unauthorized access to their firearms kill people. PLEASE prosecute them!

Dec 02, 2013 12:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:
Who’s worse, the kid with a pellet gun, or the armed-to-the-teeth, clothed-in-body-armor-from-head-to-toe, spoiling-for-a-fight police?
Utter foolishness and more than a little police brutality going on here in my opinion. The GOP/NRA/TEA party coalition plan to station armed guards at every school, church and library around the country seems to have some inherent flaws don’t you think? Nothing like a little “over-kill” by the “men in blue” to ruin most people’s lives.

Dec 02, 2013 1:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kablooy1 wrote:
It was a pellet gun you moron. They need to shoot him with 50 more bean bag rounds for punishment and it should be done on national TV.

Dec 02, 2013 1:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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