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Juvenile charged in high school gun incident

A 15-year-old South Boston juvenile faces charges of possessing a firearm on school property and petty larceny following an incident that occurred in the Halifax County High School parking lot Wednesday at 3:05 p.m.

According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, five deputies and numerous officers from South Boston Police Department responded to the high school parking lot following reports of a black male crossing the street from the Walmart parking lot while brandishing a pistol.

“The call came in that a black male subject had a gun in his right hand and was cocking the weapon,” Clark said. “He was walking behind another juvenile as they crossed the street.”

The report was called into the E911 dispatch center just minutes before classes were to be dismissed at the high school, and students would be congregating waiting to board buses and walking to the parking lot area where the subject was reported to be with the pistol.

Officers descended on the parking lot from every direction, authorities said.

Deputy T. A. Mocarsky and South Boston Police Officer J. B. Throckmorton apprehended the juvenile who was in possession of what turned out to be a bb pistol that reportedly had been stolen from Walmart just a short time earlier, the sheriff said.

“The bb pistol looked like a real pistol,” Clark said, adding the weapon was recovered at the time the juvenile was taken into custody.

Officers Mocarsky and Throckmorton transferred the juvenile to Halifax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court where a petition was filed charging the juvenile with possession of a firearm on school property and petty larceny of the firearm.

The juvenile was transported to W. W. Moore Jr. Detention Center in Danville where he currently is being held, Clark said.

The sheriff expressed appreciation to the vigilant and alert citizens who reported the incident.