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EBRSO: Man arrested with gun brought to school

3 years 2 months 1 week ago January 15, 2014 Jan 15, 2014 Wednesday, January 15 2014 January 15, 2014 3:52 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he tried to run over deputies investigating a gun brought onto a school campus Wednesday.

Investigators accused Compton East, 20, of resisting arrest as well as gun and drug charges. They said more arrests are pending.

Members of the School Drug Task Force said they were called around 10 a.m. to Tara High School for reports of a gun on the campus. Detectives said they learned a 16-year-old girl brought the gun to school in order to sell it, but it was taken from her by an 18-year-old student.

Investigators said they later found the gun with East, the 18-year-old's brother, and that he tried to run over an officer over with his vehicle. Deputies said they blocked him with an EBRSO vehicle, which East rammed before trying to flee on foot, throwing away a backpack with the gun inside.

Detectives said they had to use a stun gun on East to subdue him, and found a small amount of marijuana on him as well.

East was booked with resisting by force and violence, resisting by aggravated flight, aggravated damage to property, attempted aggravated battery, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.

The School Drug Task Force is a multi-agency unit made up of East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputies and Baton Rouge Police Officers.  Students with information concerning this incident or similar incidents are encouraged to notify a school administrator, contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000. Students can also text "CS225" plus their message to CRIMES (274637).

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