SHERIFF: School airsoft suspect lucky officer didn't encounter him

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Beaufort County's sheriff says a high school student is fortunate that law enforcement didn't come show up as he was assaulting classmates with an Airsoft BB gun.

16-year-old Evan Spencer was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school property, disorderly conduct and simple assault.

Two students at Washington High School were hit on Monday, and one of them went to a school resource officer afterward.

Sheriff Ernie Coleman says the Airsoft gun, and a real handgun almost look identical. Wednesday, deputies released a photo of the Airsoft gun, next to an actual M1911 pistol.

"If the school resource officer or another law enforcement officer would have come upon the suspect during the incident, the officer would have had to use whatever force was necessary to stop the threat. Up to and including deadly force," said the sheriff.

Spencer, who is also a student at the high school, bonded out of jail on Wednesday.

"This young man made a bad mistake, a mistake that he could have paid for with his life,” said Sheriff Coleman.


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A student is accused of shooting two classmates with an Airsoft BB gun at school on Monday.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says a Washington High School student complained to a school resource officer after the incident.

The sheriff's office looked at the school's surveillance footage and conducted interviews. As a result of their investigation, deputies say 16-year-old Evan Spencer of Williamston was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school property, disorderly conduct and simple assault.

Deputies say the teen's weapon was recovered and that he was taken to the Beaufort County Detention Center.

The sheriff's office says one student was shot in the leg, but information on whether or not the two were injured was not provided.

"This incident could have turned into a tragedy," said Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman. "If the School Resource Officer or another law enforcement officer would have come upon the suspect during the incident, the officer would have had to use whatever force was necessary to stop the threat. Up to and including deadly force. This young man made a bad mistake, a mistake that he could have paid for with his life."

Magistrate Donald Sadler set Spencer's bond at $5,000 secured.




 
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