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Teen with pistol near Saks schools taken into custody

A teenage boy was charged Friday after walking near schools in Saks with a gun, according to the sheriff. 

Around 7:35 a.m. police received a report of a teenager walking on a street near the schools holding a pistol. According to Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade, deputies and Anniston police officers responded to the call. They apprehended a 15-year-old boy, who was taken into custody at the Sheriff’s Office, and recovered the firearm, a revolver, Wade said. 

“We have him in custody at the Sheriff’s Office, interviewing him to determine why he had that pistol,” Wade said by phone. 

Wade later posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page that the boy wasn’t a student at the school. Police found him on high school property but he hadn’t attempted to enter the building. 

“I don’t know what this kid’s intentions were, but no matter the intent, no 15-year-old needs to be walking around with a pistol,” Wade said. 

The situation had been resolved quickly; employees in offices at the middle and high schools confirmed there was no lockdown or security situation as of 9 a.m. 

The boy was charged with violating a state law forbidding certain persons from possessing a pistol, according to the sheriff, which is a misdemeanor.

Wade thanked his deputies, the Anniston police officers who responded, and the person who made the report. 

“Whoever saw it and called, that’s as much being a hero as anything else in the world,” Wade said. 

Assistant Metro Editor Ben Nunnally: 256-235-3560. 

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