On March 13, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. Delta Police Officers responded to Delta Middle School regarding a loaded handgun allegedly being brought to school. After officials at school became aware of the incident they immediately called the Delta County Dispatch Center.
Delta Police Officers responded to the middle school and conducted an in-depth investigation. The officers retrieved the loaded handgun at a location off school property. The cooperative juvenile student who possessed the handgun was placed into protective custody without further incident.
Delta Middle School students were not threatened with the handgun nor were any students injured, or at risk. The Delta Police Department issued a “child abuse” summons to the handgun owner.
To protect the identity of the involved juvenile, the Delta Police Department will not release further information regarding the incident other than what has been provided in this press release.
Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas is pleading with the community, specifically handgun owners, to be responsible by securing their weapons in a gun safe, gun box, or secure their weapons with a gun cable or safety trigger lock. “A tragic event or loss of life involving guns can be avoided if we work together as a community to make gun safety a priority in our home.”
The Delta Police Department has gun safety locks available for City of Delta residents. The locks are available during regular business hours.