Columbus North student arrested after report of gun

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WTHR) - The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a student reported another student could be in possession of a handgun at Columbus North High School Monday.

School resource officers from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department immediately began an investigation.

Police say the student who was allegedly in possession of the gun was spotted, along with three other students, by a deputy in Columbus. As the deputy approached the students, police say they ran from the area.

Officers located three of the four students, including the one who was alleged to be in possession of a handgun. At the time, no gun was found.

As the investigation continued, it was learned that the handgun had been thrown into nearby landscaping. After searching the area, no gun was located.

Police say the fourth student who ran from the area had later gone back to the area and retrieved the handgun.

Police say they were able to track down the handgun along with an additional handgun, both of which had previously been reported as stolen in Franklin.

“I want to commend Deputy Clark and other SRO’s for taking this information seriously and working extensively throughout the night to bring quick and safe resolution. I also want to highlight the process of 'See Something, Say Something' being instilled in our students and its effectiveness in this incident,” Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers said.

Three of the students were taken to juvenile youth services on charges of truancy and resisting law enforcement.