A Hercules Middle School student told police Wednesday morning that she saw a male student bring a gun onto campus. That suspect, a 19-year-old who was not authorized to be on campus, was later arrested for possession of a weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun.
Here's how the story played out, according to the Hercules Police Department:
The student said she originally saw the male on the West Cat bus, when she was on her way to school. The male was sitting in front of her and she saw him take a black handgun out if his right front jacket pocket and put it in his right front jeans pocket. The student said she last saw the male, inside the school campus, by the administration gate. The student described the male as an African American male, wearing a red hat and a 49er jacket. The student said she thought the male was a former Hercules High School student.
The School Resources Officer immediately went to the area, of the campus, where the male had last been seen. The SRO observed an African American male, wearing a red hat and 49er jacket, on the school campus. The SRO recognized the male as a former student, Brandon White, and knew he was not authorized to by on the school campus during school hours. The SRO un-holstered her department issued duty weapon and ordered the male subject to lay, facedown, on the ground. The subject complied. The SRO handcuffed the subject and checked his right front jean pocket, where the student said she had seen the subject put the gun.
As the SRO reached in the subject’s right front jeans pocket, he said “It’s a BB gun”. The SRO recovered a black “Walther CP99 Compact Semi-Auto BB Gun”. The BB gun's safety was in “fire mode” but there was no CO2 canister or pellets in the gun. 19 year old Brandon Edward White, of Richmond, was arrested for Possession/Bringing a Weapon on School Grounds (626.10(a)(1)PC).
The SRO searched White, incident to his arrest and he did not have a CO2 cartridge or pellets on his person. The school administration has confirmed White was not authorized to be on the Hercules Middle School Campus. White was transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.