Photo: Stockton Police Officer David Scott, a resource officer assigned to Lincoln High School, holds weapon he took from a 17-year-old male student. (COURTESY OF THE STOCKTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)
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A Lincoln High student pulled a loaded gun during a fight on Monday before being disarmed by a “heroic” Stockton Police officer.
The 17-year-old male student has been arrested and two students suffered minor injuries, the SPD confirmed.
Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden confirmed that the weapon was loaded and credited the “heroic” communication between the resource officer, identified as David Scott, and the Lincoln staff, “absolutely prevented a horrific day.”
“That was a loaded firearm, it was ready to go and Officer Scott was able to get that firearm out of the hands of what could have been danger,” McFadden said.
Just before 12:30 p.m., police say a struggle broke out between several students, and school staff intervened to break it up. A second altercation occurred and went to the ground, where the suspect pulled out a 9-millimeter pistol and Scott was able to disarm and subdue him.
“While struggling on the ground, the subject produced a handgun, and (in) Officer Scott’s alertness, he pressed the gun against the ground, kept it there they were able to take the person into custody without further incident,” McFadden said.
Police officials said the investigation is ongoing, and would not discuss any theories on how the fight started or how the suspect may have carried the gun to school. Lincoln High is a closed campus, but not have metal detectors. Lincoln Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Dextraze said the district will be conducting its own investigation.
“We’ll debrief, we’ll complete a full investigation, we’ll work with our partners and make adjustments if they are necessary,” Dextraze said. “We will put actions in place that will keep our students and staff safe.”