A student at Ames High School has been arrested for carrying a loaded handgun in his backpack.
According to Ames Police Sergeant Amber Christian, officers responded to the school located at 1801 Ridgewood Avenue at approximately 2:47 p.m. Friday.
Just before 4:00 p.m. Friday, Christian told StoryCounty.News that police had been called to the high school for a “subject with a weapon”.
A later press release stated that the student accused of carrying the loaded gun onto school property has been arrested. He is identified as 18-year-old Tae-Shyne Michael Johnson of Ames. Per the press release, Johnson faces the following charges:
- Carrying Weapon on School Grounds, a class “D” felony
- Trafficking in Stolen Weapons, a class “D” felony
Ames PD continues to investigate the incident.
(UPDATE- 5:05 p.m.) Jail records indicate that Johnson has been booked into the Story County Jail in Nevada. He is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.
(UPDATE- Tuesday 10:56 a.m.) On Tuesday, Christian told StoryCounty.News that Johnson was cooperative with school officials and police during their response to the incident.
According to court documents, Johnson has posted bond out of the Story County Jail. He is scheduled for an initial appearance in court on Monday, April 24 at 8:30 a.m.
A criminal complaint filed by Ames PD states that the gun recovered in Johnson’s backpack was a “green Taurus 9mm handgun”, which was located by school staff.
Ames PD claims the gun was listed as stolen out of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Johnson reportedly admitted to purchasing the weapon from an “unknown individual” in