According to Buckeye Police, the student was located, and the gun has been recovered. Authorities credited a school resource officer and other personnel for their help in taking the 15-year-old male student into custody.
Officers said there was a struggle that led up to the arrest, but two school staff members were able to disarm the teen.
"He…reached into his pocket, so safety personnel immediately detained him, they grabbed him and took him down to the ground," said Buckeye Assistant Police Chief Bob Sanders. "About that time our officers arrived and everyone together took the handgun into custody, and they took the kid into custody."
Buckeye officials say there is no threat to the school or community.
"Buckeye police are investigating why the student brought the weapon to school and how he obtained it. Investigators are reviewing surveillance camera footage and interviewing multiple witnesses. The Buckeye Police Department Crisis Response Team responded to assist school staff as needed," stated BPD officials.
The Agua Fria Union High School District dismissed students for the day. Counselors will be on campus March 17 for students and staff.
No names have been released in this case.
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