Queen Creek PD to recommend weapons charges after child brings gun to school

Posted 8/26/22

Queen Creek police will ask the Pinal County Attorney’s Office to consider charges in a case where an elementary school student brought a gun to campus this week, authorities said.

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Queen Creek PD to recommend weapons charges after child brings gun to school


Queen Creek police will ask the Pinal County Attorney's Office to consider weapons charges in a case where a fourth-grader brought a gun to campus this week.

Police said that at 8:22 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, staff at Legacy Traditional School  contacted them about the student after discovering the child had brought a firearm to the Queen Creek campus.

The gun, which police confirmed belonged to a family member of the child, was found in the student's backpack, police said.

The day before the incident, another student saw that the fourth-grader had a single round of ammunition and reported it to their parents, Police Chief Randy Brice said.

The parents then notified school staff who confronted the fourth-grader at school the next morning after they were unable to reach the student's parents. They found the gun in the child's bag.

By the time officers arrived, school staff had moved the child away from other students to a secure area, officials said.

Police officers confiscated the weapon and had extra officers at the school to continue investigating.

Queen Creek police said they will recommend various weapons charges in the case, and the county attorney will  decide if any charges will be filed. 

Brice said the police department "commends the child who saw something suspicious and informed their parents. This is something every parent should talk to their children about - if you see something say something."