Benicia police arrested a 17-year-old Liberty High School student today on suspicion of making death threats on campus Wednesday. The teen, a Vallejo resident who was not identified because he is a minor, allegedly made threatening statements and gestures to two female students and told one of them he was going to kill her, police Lt. Frank Hartig said.
Police learned about the incident when they went to a residence Wednesday evening, Hartig said. Officers then immediately informed school resource officers Sam Peterson and Will Patterson who followed up on the incident this morning at the high school at 351 East J St., Hartig said. The teen ran from the school when he saw the two school resource officers on campus this morning, Hartig said.
Police detectives in the area saw the teen running toward the Benicia Little League fields at East H and East Third streets. The teen seemed to be concealing a heavy object under his clothing as he fled, Hartig said. The teen ran into a scorekeeper’s box at the baseball field but came out a few seconds later, Hartig said. Detectives detained him and brought him back to the high school.
Officers found a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in the scorekeeper’s box, Hartig said. There were 10 bullets in the gun including one in the chamber. The teen was booked into the Solano County juvenile hall on felony charges of terrorist threats and possessing a firearm on school grounds, and six misdemeanor weapons charges, including possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, Hartig said.
“The thorough investigation by the officers last night and the quick response and actions by all officers involved today prevented a possible tragic event from occurring and in all probability saved someone’s life today,” Hartig said.
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