Officers Discover Gun in Student's Book Bag

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WHEN: 9/10/11

WHERE: Middleton High School, 4801 North 22nd Street, Tampa

SUSPECT: Eric Fipps, 7/3/97, B/M, 3801 North 30th Street, Tampa

CHARGES: Carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds (felony)

The 10th grade Middleton High School student brought a loaded weapon to school. He said he needed the gun for protection in his neighborhood. He showed the gun to a classmate and the classmate texted his father. The classmate's father contacted the school and school resource officer. Middleton SRO P.C. Davis pulled the student from the classroom and discovered the gun in the suspect's book bag. The student said he found the gun, but detectives are still investigating that claim. He will be transported to the juvenile assessment center.

Andrea Davis