Trooper’s son arrested after guns found at school

TACOMA – The 15-year-old son of a state trooper has been arrested in the theft of six of his father’s handguns, three of which were found loaded at a Federal Way high school, prompting a lockdown.

The boy, a student at E.B. Walker High School in Puyallup, was arrested late Thursday for investigation of six counts of weapons theft, said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer. Also arrested were two boys to whom he allegedly provided the guns.

Those boys, 15 and 16, are students at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way. Three of the guns were discovered in the possession of the 15-year-old Todd Beamer student on Thursday, prompting an hourlong lockdown on campus. Investigators found the other three guns in a garbage bin outside the 16-year-old’s apartment in Federal Way, Federal Way School District officials said.

Troyer said the guns had been taken from a safe at the trooper’s home near Puyallup. Troyer added he did not know how the son gained access to them. The boy was being held at Pierce County’s juvenile facility.

The boy accused of bringing the guns to school told police he planned to sell them. He made a court appearance in King County on Friday; a judge ordered him to remain in custody.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Lewis declined to release the name of the trooper. The theft investigation is being handled by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

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