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Woman with gun arrested as IMPD breaks up large fight at George Washington High School

Police said the incident started inside the school around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 40 IMPD officers responded to George Washington High School Wednesday afternoon for a large fight. Police said the fight started inside the school but quickly spread outside to a parking lot.  

Police closed a portion of Washington Street while they broke up the crowd. A 16-year-old girl, 15-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy were arrested for battery.

According to an IMPD police report, 40-year-old Sherral Harris was arrested for carrying a firearm within five hundred feet of school property, pointing a loaded firearm and intimidation with a weapon. The report listed the gun as a .40 caliber semiautomatic with an extended loaded magazine. Jail records show she is also held for carrying a handgun without a license.

According to arresting documents, a fight started in the school and spilled out into the parking lot. As officers arrived, they saw two teenagers preparing to fight. Those two teenagers were detained by police. Officers then claim to have heard another student threaten to get a gun and shoot up the school.

As officers worked to get control of the situation, a woman told them Harris had pointed a gun at her. Officers saw Harris by her car, closing the door, and then coming over to assist officers with calming down her daughter. Officers said they witnessed the girl use a can of mace on the crowd.

When officers spoke to Harris about having a gun, she admitted there was one in the car, but denied pointing it at anyone. 

A spokesperson for Indianapolis Public Schools released the following statement regarding the fight:

"IPS is aware of multiple altercations at George Washington High School on Wednesday afternoon in which the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) was called to support IPS Police. IPS Police and IMPD are investigating the matter. 

All altercations are being handled under our district’s Student Code of Conduct policy.

The safety of our students is always our top priority."

An IPS spokesperson said they had no further comment regarding the firearm on school property and referred 13News to their original statement. 

An IMPD spokesperson directed all questions to IPS.

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