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Youth arrested after allegedly pointing a pellet gun at Amherst high school

Amherst Police Department
Amherst Police Department - Darrell Cole

No charges laid, but investigation continuing

AMHERST, N.S. —

An Amherst teen was arrested by police after allegedly pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public at Amherst Regional High School early Monday.

Police received a report at approximately 10 a.m. that a young person was in the school’s parking lot and was showing what the witness believed to be a firearm. The young person was also reported to be pointing the firearm at other people in the area.

Police responded, but the youth had left the school parking lot before they arrived.

The high school went into a brief hold and secure while officers were out looking for the youth.

Extensive patrols were done within town by the Amherst Police Department. The RCMP was also notified and its officers checked several areas in the Springhill area.

An Amherst police officer located the vehicle near the corner of Willow Street and Robert Angus Drive in Amherst. A traffic stop was initiated and the male youth was arrested for pointing a firearm and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

Two other youths were detained briefly and then released.

A pellet gun was located in the vehicle after a search by police.

The youth was interviewed and released back to the custody of his parents.

No charges have been laid however the investigation is ongoing. There is no information at this time to indicate that the male intended to threaten or harm anyone.

Police would like to reiterate that no one in the public was in danger during the incident.

Anyone with further information related to this incident is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at 902-667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

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