School resource officer stops man who entered North Carolina school with guns, backpack of ammo

Steve Spence. (Photo: Guilford County, North Carolina Sheriff's Office)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WTHR) — A Virginia man is in custody after getting caught in a North Carolina high school carrying two handguns and a backpack with boxes of ammunition.

Police say 29-year-old Steve Spence entered the cafeteria at Smith High School in Greensboro and school employees immediately questioned him. WXII reports Spence tried to run away, but a school resource officer who saw he was armed chased him down and arrested him.

Police also found a weapon inside a stolen vehicle Spence is believed to have been driving. He is wanted in Virginia for charges including assault, car theft and strangling.

Police believe's Spence's presence at the school may have been to target someone he had a personal relationship with.

Court documents show Spence is facing eight charges including attempted murder, trespassing and going armed to the terror of people. He's being held on bond in the Guilford County jail on a $3.5 million bond.

The school was on lockdown for nearly two hours while police investigated.