Update: Students come forward to report weapon at E-W

Suspect aimed air gun at another student’s head
By Brian Soergel | May 09, 2018
Courtesy of: Edmonds PD Police recovered an air gun believed to have been used by the suspect at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

An 18-year-old Edmonds-Woodway student who pointed a gun at the head of a fellow student on campus Tuesday, May 8, was booked into Snohomish County Jail for second-degree assault, a felony.

On Wednesday, Edmonds Police Sgt. Josh McClure reported that the weapon was an air gun, commonly referred to as an airsoft gun. They are realistic-looking weapons frequently used by competitive teams playing simulated war games.

The juvenile male victim and two other juvenile witnesses reported that the suspect had pulled a gun from his backpack, pointed it at the head of the victim and pulled the trigger. The suspect claimed the black handgun was real.

The suspect was located Tuesday afternoon in north Everett by Everett Police, who were working on information that Edmonds officers received after responding to the school.

McClure said that the incident occurred sometime around 11:30 a.m. in a bathroom at the school. A witness had taken cellphone video of part of the encounter. Other students soon saw the video on social media.

Two concerned students came forward and reported it to a school official. Edmonds officers responded to the school just after noon and began investigating. They searched the campus for the suspect and interviewed students who were involved.

McClure said police determined the suspect had left campus around 11:45 a.m., before any school officials were aware of the incident.

Edmonds detectives responded to interview the suspect after he was taken into custody. The gun believed to have been used in the incident was recovered later at a location in Everett.

Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan praised the actions of the students who first reported the incident.

“Their actions allowed school and police officials to quickly work together and address this extreme safety concern,” he said. “We will continue to partner with Edmonds-Woodway High School and the school district to address issues of public safety that I know are on the mind of every parent each day that their child goes to school.”

Edmonds-Woodway Principal Terrance Mims acknowledged the incident in a letter to parents and guardians on Tuesday.

“Although the suspect was arrested, Edmonds-Woodway will continue handling the incidents as a student discipline matter as well,” Mims wrote. Students who bring guns to school are expelled.

“I would like to point out that this school safety matter came to light because two E-W students saw something concerning and immediately reported it to an administrator. Please talk with your student about the importance of sharing information with school staff whenever safety concerns arise. Please remind your student that if they see something, they should say something.”

Edmonds police will continue investigating, while the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office will decide any charges.

It has already been announced that Edmonds-Woodway High School will staff a police resource officer beginning in the fall in an agreement between the district and Edmonds police.

There was an extra police presence on campus on Wednesday.

 

 

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