Court docs: Ben Davis student tried to sell gun at school

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2104) – A Ben Davis High School student arrested this week tried to sell a handgun at school, investigators say.

Maurice Sutton, 17, was arrested Monday afternoon after police said he brought a loaded gun to campus. Administrators sent a letter to parents informing them of the situation. Sutton is being charged as an adult in the case.

According to court documents, a student contacted a police officer after overhearing two other students in his English class talk about how one of them was approached and asked if he wanted to buy a gun. It happened in the locker room during their second period physical education class. The student who overhead the others submitted a written form outlining what he told the officer, and school officials interviewed the other two students.

Both were “worried for their safety regarding the entire incident,” according to the probable cause affidavit. One student said a classmate approached him, showed him a black handgun and asked him if he wanted to buy it for $200. The student trying to sell the firearm “cocked the gun and showed him the gun was in good working order,” court documents said. The student said he wasn’t interested in buying the gun.

The student didn’t know the seller by name and only knew his Twitter handle. School officials showed him pictures of other students in the PE class, and the student identified Maurice Sutton as the one who’d tried to sell him the gun.

Administrators pulled Sutton out of class, and two officers patted him down. They told Sutton they had information that he may have a gun with him. Sutton told the officer he had a handgun in his waistband. Police found a High Point 9mm handgun that was loaded with one round. Sutton said the handgun “was in his bag from the weekend” and told school officials it belonged to a friend and “when he came to school he forgot he had put it in his waistband.”

The gun was taken to the property room at the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Sutton was arrested on a charge of possession of a handgun on school property.

Ben Davis officials said Sutton has been suspended pending expulsion. A bond hearing is set for April 21.