Teens in custody after 'gun scare' (UPDATED with PHOTOS)
4:30 p.m. UPDATE: While investigating an “armed person” call Thursday morning, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with two students who now face charges of burglary to a conveyance and criminal mischief.
Deputies had received a call that a Fort Walton Beach teenager on his way to Destin Middle School was armed with a weapon. While investigating that call, deputies spotted two young men matching the description of the suspects walking on Highway 98 near Benning Drive.
One of the individuals, 16-year old Trent Dawson, was found to have an Airsoft gun tucked into his waistband. According to wikipedia, "Airsoft guns are replica firearms used in airsoft that fire plastic pellets by way of compressed gas or electric and/or spring-driven pistons. These guns are designed to be non-lethal and to provide realistic replicas."
While talking to Dawson and his companion, a 12-year old Fort Walton Beach boy, deputies say both admitted to stomping in a windshield of a car on Okaloosa Island Wednesday night in order to steal items and possibly steal the car.
The original story:
Two teenage boys were taken into custody today after the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a student armed with a weapon headed to Destin Middle School.
Deputies converged at the school after initially being told the teens were on a bus headed to Destin Middle School. The bus was searched but no weapon was found, according to Michele Nicholson at the Sheriff's Office.
No one was harmed in the incident.
Destin Elementary School went into a five-minute partial lockdown while they located the boys, said Kaye McKinley, the deputy superintendent of schools.
The two boys were never on a school bus or at Destin Middle School, McKinley added.
They were reported to the school district's transportation department by a "concerned citizen" who saw them standing beside the road and thought they were waiting for a school bus, McKinley said.
Deputies located the 16-year old and 13-year old suspects a short time later walking on Highway 98 near Benning Drive. The 16-year old was found to have the BB gun pictured above tucked into his waistband.
The teens are currently being questioned.
According to the Northwest Florida Daily News "While they were speaking with investigators, the boys revealed that they had stomped on the windshield of a car on Okaloosa Island overnight and taken items from inside it, Nicholson said. Both were subsequently charged with burglary to a vehicle and criminal mischief. The 16-year-old was facing a violation of his probation charge as well."
Additional details will be released as they become available. To read the Daily News account of the incident, click here.
Read on for the original report:
This just in from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Spokesperson Michele Nicholson reports "We responded to a call of two students possibly armed with a pistol on a bus enroute to Destin Middle School. The bus was searched and no weapon was found, but deputies located two teens matching the description walking on Highway 98 near Benning Drive and stopped them. One did have a BB gun tucked into his waistband. They are being questioned. No one hurt."
Log Photorgrapher Kathy Harrison was on the scene and reports that two juveniles were detained, searched and taken into custody in front of Sexton's Seafood Market on Highway 98 at about 9 a.m. About five squad cars and a K-9 unit were on the scene.
More details will come when available.