Wednesday morning at 10:55, the Richardson Police Department received a phone call from a business in the 1500-block of East Spring Valley Road reporting a male holding what appeared to be a rifle. They last saw the male walking toward Berkner High School, located at 1600 East Spring Valley Road.
Numerous police officers from various units within the Richardson Police Department responded and initiated a search and investigation into this incident. Additionally, they notified nearby schools that went on lockdown.
Based on the information provided and in collaboration with Richardson ISD, officers were able to identify the male suspect as a juvenile student of Berkner High School and located the suspect inside Berkner High School without any weapons. Further investigation led to the discovery of a vehicle used by the suspect in the parking lot of 1551 East Spring Valley Road. Inside, officers observed what appeared to be an AK-47 style pistol and a replica AR-15 style Orbeez rifle.
The juvenile suspect was arrested and charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapons in a Weapon-Free School Zone, T.P.C. 46.02, a State Jail Felony. They released no further information on the suspect due to his age.
The Richardson Police Department would like to remind the public to report suspicious activity. We recognize the vigilant awareness and actions of the person who initially called 911 to alert law enforcement. The Richardson Police Department continues to work in partnership with Richardson ISD, Plano ISD, and our faith-based organizations to ensure the safety of our community, especially at our schools and places of worship.