Southfield student arrested after pistol found in his coat pocket, police say

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Posted at 8:56 AM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 11:11:06-05

SOUTHFIELD, MI (WXYZ) — According to Southfield Police, a 17-year-old Southfield Regional Academic student was arrested after police found him carrying a pistol in his coat pocket during school Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, the school's principal contacted officials around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1, after receiving a tip that the student was carrying a gun.

School resource officers along with school administrators reportedly contacted the student in a classroom and escorted him to the office. After a search was done, police say a pistol was found in his coat pocket with three bullets in the magazine and no bullet in the chamber.

At this point, police say it does not appear to be a copycat case after the events in Oxford. Police say they believe the student had been carrying it before, which he reportedly told police that he found.

"Guns will get you in more trouble than they will ever get you out of," Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren said at a press conference. Barren went on to commend the student who came forward.

"If you see something, say something. We have to know if there is a potential for danger," he said.

The student has been transported to the Southfield Police Department and is currently being held at Oakland County Children’s Village.