Buckeye Police: Teen arrested in connection with Verrado High School incident

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KSAZ) -- Officials with Buckeye Police announced Thursday the arrest of a teenager, in connection with an incident that prompted a lockout at Verrado High School on Wednesday.

According to a statement released Thursday afternoon, officers responded to Verrado High School at around 9:40 a.n. on Wednesday, after two students told administrators that a male teen on their bus had a gun that he and others were handling. The school was then placed on lockout, and several students who were identified as possibly having been involved were secured, interviewed, and searched. No weapon was found.

Eventually, police said information was gathered that the suspect, who was not a Verrado High School student, made it onto campus for a short time, and then ran out a campus door. Officers later made contact with the suspect, identified as a 15-year-old teenager. The teen lives in Phoenix, but had spent the past few days staying at an abandoned home in the Buckeye area. The suspect admitted that he stole a gun from a car over the weekend at a Maricopa County Island home, and that he had ditched the gun after leaving campus.

Officers and K-9 later conducted an extensive search of the area where the gun was reportedly ditched, but according to the statement, no weapon was found. The suspect, meanwhile, is facing felony burglary charges, in addition to possible interfering with an educational institution charges.

Meanwhile, Buckeye Police officials said there was additional security presence at Verrado High on Thursday, which will continue on Friday. At the same time, police officials said Agua Fria School District officials will conduct an internal review on their transportation and campus security policies and procedures.

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