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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-386

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 27, 2018
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    Quick Actions Keeps a Handgun Out of School

    One student arrested for Possession of Weapon on School Property.
    • Thursday
    • April 26, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Dowdell Middle School
    • 120 Wishing Well Way
    • Tampa, Florida


    13-year-old male student - Dowdell Middle School

    Charges: Possession of Weapon (firearm) on School Property


    On April 26, 2018 at Dowdell Middle School, which is located at 120 Wishing Well Way, the defendant possessed a loaded firearm on school property. The defendant was identified by the witness as having the firearm in his backpack and then placing the firearm inside a large tractor tire outside of the school next to the bike rack. The location of the firearm was reported to school staff who quickly located and secured the firearm. The School Resource Deputy responded and seized a loaded Bersa Thunder .380 semi-auto handgun. The defendant fled from the school prior to being arrested. The defendant's mother located the defendant and returned him to the school at approximately 4:15 pm. The defendant's mother refused to allow him to make any statement. The defendant was arrested and transported to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assignment.

    The cooperation of the witness coming forward and the quick actions of staff at Dowdell Middle School prevented the firearm from entering into the school.

    Investigation continues.

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