17-year-old arrested for bringing gun to high school football game in Auburn Hills, police say

Pontiac resident taken into custody

A football on a field. (Brett Carlsen, 2018 Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for bringing a gun to a high school football game in Auburn Hills, which resulted in a postgame dance being canceled, officials said.

Gun found behind building

Police from Auburn Hills were working at the Avondale vs. Holly high school football game around 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 1) when one officer noticed three boys walking up to the main entrance gate of the stadium, according to authorities.

When the boys saw the officer, they quickly turned around and went behind a small building next to the parking lot, police said.

The officer investigated what they were doing and found a loaded 9 mm pistol in a small bag under some bricks, according to officials.

Authorities tracked down the three boys, who had gone into the stadium. They were detained for questioning during the game, police said.

17-year-old arrested

When police reviewed surveillance video from the area, they realized the three boys had not been responsible for bringing the bag with the gun in it, according to authorities.

The person who brought the gun was determined to be a 17-year-old boy from Pontiac, officials said. He was taken into custody at his home and interviewed with his parent present, authorities said.

He is not a student at Avondale High School or Holly High School, according to police.

The teenager was taken to Children’s Village pending a review for possible criminal charges.

Officials said the pistol had previously been reported stolen from another state.

A school dance originally scheduled for after the football game at the high school was canceled because of the incident, authorities said.

“We are thankful for the diligence of our police officers and staff at Avondale High School in coordinating a proper response to this incident,” Auburn Hills police said in a release. “There is zero tolerance for anyone who chooses to bring a firearm to our schools illegally. All available resources will be utilized to bring those responsible to justice and to ensure our schools remain a safe environment for everyone. We also thank the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in this case and assisting us in taking the juvenile into custody.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Auburn Hills Police Department at 248-370-9460.

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