Resource officers assigned to Pearl Cohn High School Friday arrested a 17-year-old senior for carrying a stolen semi-automatic pistol loaded with 20 rounds in his waistband.
Officers Freddirico Pye and Julius Gallon late this morning received information about a social media post concerning a student potentially armed with a gun. The officers located the 17-year-old on the second floor of the school and conducted a probable cause search. Recovered from the student’s waistband was a 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol with one live round in the chamber and 19 live rounds in the magazine.
The 17-year-old claimed he found the pistol on a street in the West Nashville area and that he carried it for protection.
A check of the pistol’s serial number shows that it was stolen more than 8 years ago, on August 17, 2010, during a car burglary at Polo Park Apartments on Jackson Downs Boulevard in Hermitage. The 51-year-old (at the time) owner reported the gun, a radio and a flashlight were taken from the vehicle. The car was not damaged to gain entry. The owner could not remember whether he locked it.
The 17-year-old was charged at juvenile detention with carrying a gun on school grounds and possessing a stolen weapon.