Police: Chesterfield high school student hid guns in crawl space

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 02, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-03 07:49:47-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Police arrested a 15-year-old Thomas Dale High School student after officers found guns and ammunition hidden inside the teen's Chester home, Chesterfield Police Capt. Russ Lescault told CBS 6 reporter Catie Beck.

The 15-year-old, whose name is being withheld due to his age, is charged with possession of a firearm.

Capt. Lescault said officers searched the home Friday after receiving a tip from a student that the suspect threatened to commit a violent act at school.

Police would not provide further comment due to the on-going investigation.

"Our top priority is to provide a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment for all students and staff," Chesterfield County School spokesman Shawn Smith said in a statement. "We worked closely with the police department in their immediate investigation of a potential threat.  The police department deemed a threat toward the school division to be unfounded."

Capt. Lescault would not say whether the teenager remained in police custody.