Man Arrested With Gun Taken From School

The School Drug Task Force responded to a call today at approximately 10:00 a.m. to Tara High School in reference to a possible gun on campus. During the investigation detectives learned that a 16-year-old tenth-grade female student brought a gun to school in an attempt to sell it to another student. The unloaded, 9mm was also allegedly taken from campus by another student, an 18-year-old eleventh grader.

Detectives located a man, the 20-year-old brother of the 18-year-old student, St. Jean Apartments this afternoon at approximately 2:30 in possession of the weapon. When detectives attempted to confront him, he attempted to run one officer over with his vehicle. An EBRSO deputy blocked him with his unit, and the man used his vehicle to hit the deputy’s unit causing some damage. When the suspect exited the vehicle, he threw a booksack containing the unloaded weapon over the fence. Detectives later recovered the weapon. The suspect also had a small amount of Marijuana with him. Detectives had to taze the suspect to subdue him and take him into custody.

Compton East, of Cottingham Court, will be booked with Resisting by Force and Violence, Resisting by Aggravated Flight, Aggravated Damage to Property, Attempted Aggravated Battery, Possession of Marijuana and
Possession of a Firearm with a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Investigation ongoing. Other arrests are pending.
SDTF is not aware of any threats made on campus.

The School Drug Task Force is a multi-agency unit made up of East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputies and Baton Rouge Police Officers. Students with information concerning this incident or similar incidents are encouraged to notify a school administrator, contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at 225-389-5000 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867. Students can also text "CS225" plus their message to CRIMES (274637).

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