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Autolycus
April 22, 2007, 02:39 AM
Trooper's Son Arrested In Gun Theft That Led To Scare

POSTED: 10:28 am PDT April 20, 2007
UPDATED: 5:38 pm PDT April 20, 2007

TACOMA, Wash. -- The 15-year-old son of a state trooper has been arrested in the theft of six of the trooper's guns after three of the weapons led to a scare at a high school in Federal Way on Thursday.

Police told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Kevin McCarty that the trooper's son was arrested at the trooper's house on Thursday night at 11 p.m. The boy had taken the guns from a safe and made it look like a burglary, investigators said.

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Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way was locked down briefly after another 15-year-old student brought the loaded guns onto campus, school district officials told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

Police said the boy told investigators he had no plans to harm anyone. No one was injured, and the student was arrested without incident. He was being held at the King County Juvenile Detention Center in Seattle.

RAW VIDEO: Student With Guns Causes Lock Down


The name of the student, a 10th-grader at the 1,600-student school, was not immediately released. He said he intended to sell the handguns that a school police officer found in his backpack, Federal Way police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said.

A 16-year-old who turned himself in on Thursday implicated the trooper's son in the theft of the weapons, investigators told McCarty. He and the trooper's son are expected in juvenile court on Friday.

The hour-long lockdown began around 12:45 p.m., after a school police officer got a tip from a mother whose daughter had sent a text message saying she thought a student might be carrying weapons, district spokeswoman Debra Stenberg said.

The police officer and principal went searching for the student, located him in a hallway, and found he was carrying three firearms and extra ammunition in his backpack, Flores said.

The student was arrested and taken to the Federal Way police station, police and school officials said. Flores confirmed all three weapons were loaded.

The three guns taken from the student were among six weapons stolen Thursday morning from a state trooper's home, said Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

The weapons had been in a gun safe, but Troyer did not know if the safe was locked.

Three other guns taken from the home were recovered Thursday in a Federal Way apartment, and another suspect was detained, police said.

Students at Todd Beamer were sent home after the lockdown was ended at 1:51 p.m., about 15 minutes before the normal end of the school day, Stenberg said.
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ArfinGreebly
April 22, 2007, 06:20 AM
. . . and your son steals your guns . . .

What do you do?

Do you disown the son?

The system won't keep the kid forever, so . . . what do you do?

I mean, besides getting a better safe and never telling him the combo . . .

jeep-2
April 22, 2007, 09:22 AM
It'll be swept under the rug after the story kools down, one of the perks of being a cop, your relatives are immune from prosicution.

highlander 5
April 22, 2007, 09:30 AM
Jeep-2 MAYBE NOT if the father is a stand up guy he might just let the system take its course to teach his son that they are consequences to the things done in life be it good or bad.

pax
April 22, 2007, 10:08 AM
Ohhhh, the poor officer. That is a heckuva spot to be in.

pax

LawBot5000
April 22, 2007, 10:22 AM
I know my parents would have either beat me or disowned me if I was caught stealing guns. Probably both. Although back before the zero tolerance days I did bring a 1911 pellet gun to school to sell to a classmate.

Titan6
April 22, 2007, 10:26 AM
If you don't teach your kids to respect property....

Tecuseh- You visiting the bad cops web site this morning?

pcosmar
April 22, 2007, 10:27 AM
In the past I have heard comments such as "disown him" or "Throw him out" he'll never be any good. Not good IMHO.
This is an opportunity to help his son. There is some misunderstanding and miscommunication going on. Helping his son as well as correcting his error, can lead to a better relationship between them.
I believe in redemption.

TexasRifleman
April 22, 2007, 10:30 AM
So, you're a State Trooper . . .
. . . and your son steals your guns . . .

What do you do?

Do you disown the son?

If that happens then so many mistakes have been made already it's doubtful the father "gets it" even now.

Nanook
April 22, 2007, 10:32 AM
Todd Beamer High School? That's interesting even if off-topic.

NukemJim
April 22, 2007, 10:37 AM
It'll be swept under the rug after the story kools down, one of the perks of being a cop, your relatives are immune from prosicution.

Realisticly there is some immunity for some things sometimes for family members. Sometimes it's just knowing the system or which laywer to hire.

But once it hits the newspaper/net and/or heavy duty and/or politicly "hot" charges that changes from sometimes to not at all.

This case fits all three.

If you like I'd be willing to bet you a dollar ($1.00) that the kid either does a plea bargin or gets prosecuted. I strongly doubt that they will let this one slide.

I feel very sorry for everyone concerned including the kid cause he may have ruined his life.

NukemJim

Pilgrim
April 22, 2007, 11:43 AM
The district attorney in Kings County, CA has a similar problem with his adult son who lives with him. The son is facing all kinds of criminal charges. The CA attorney general's office is prosecuting the son and a visiting judge is being brought in to hear the case.

The son is in his thirties and this kind of behavior has been going on for years. The latest charge includes stealing his father's revolver which the father carried when he was a policeman many years ago.

The local newspaper has used the son as fuel to attack the district attorney politically. The newspaper hints that the son has escaped serious jail time up to now because of the father's influence as district attorney. The truth is the district attorney has always deferred to the attorney general in all matters concerning his son. The real reason is even the state prosecutor is willing to plea bargain and visiting judges never get to see the son as a 'repeat' offender.

Pilgrim

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