AR-15 rifle found in vehicle outside West Allegheny High School

An 18-year-old student at West Allegheny High School was arraigned Wednesday morning on several charges after police said a gun was found inside a vehicle outside the school.First on 4: Watch the report in the video player above.The investigation began Tuesday when, according to a criminal complaint, a school resource officer detected an odor of marijuana on Ja’Shon Spencer, 18, of Imperial.Police said Spencer denied using any controlled substances and that the school resource officer did a check of Spencer’s vehicle in the parking lot.According to the criminal complaint, a female who is not a West Allegheny High School student was found in the vehicle’s passenger seat.Police also found a small bag of marijuana on the side of the driver’s seat.The criminal complaint said police contacted Spencer’s mother, who owns the car. When she arrived on scene, police said she spoke to Spencer who admitted there was a gun inside the vehicle.Police said they found an AR-15 rifle in the vehicle’s rear compartment that was loaded and had a full magazine.No one was hurt during the incident.Spencer is facing several charges including possession of a weapon on school property.The communications director for the West Allegheny School District shared with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 a communication about the incident that was shared with families on Tuesday: Dear High School and Middle School Families, This communication is to make you aware of a situation that occurred on the high school campus this afternoon. When questioned about an unrelated issue, a student reported to administration that he had a firearm in his vehicle. Upon further investigation by administrators and North Fayette Police, the vehicle was immediately secured, a search warrant was issued, and the firearm was taken into police custody. The firearm never left the student’s vehicle, and investigating officers do not believe there was intent to use it at West Allegheny. The student has been taken into police custody. We appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.

An 18-year-old student at West Allegheny High School was arraigned Wednesday morning on several charges after police said a gun was found inside a vehicle outside the school.

First on 4: Watch the report in the video player above.

The investigation began Tuesday when, according to a criminal complaint, a school resource officer detected an odor of marijuana on Ja’Shon Spencer, 18, of Imperial.

Police said Spencer denied using any controlled substances and that the school resource officer did a check of Spencer’s vehicle in the parking lot.

According to the criminal complaint, a female who is not a West Allegheny High School student was found in the vehicle’s passenger seat.

Police also found a small bag of marijuana on the side of the driver’s seat.

The criminal complaint said police contacted Spencer’s mother, who owns the car. When she arrived on scene, police said she spoke to Spencer who admitted there was a gun inside the vehicle.

Police said they found an AR-15 rifle in the vehicle’s rear compartment that was loaded and had a full magazine.

No one was hurt during the incident.

Spencer is facing several charges including possession of a weapon on school property.

The communications director for the West Allegheny School District shared with Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 a communication about the incident that was shared with families on Tuesday:

Dear High School and Middle School Families,

This communication is to make you aware of a situation that occurred on the high school campus this afternoon. When questioned about an unrelated issue, a student reported to administration that he had a firearm in his vehicle. Upon further investigation by administrators and North Fayette Police, the vehicle was immediately secured, a search warrant was issued, and the firearm was taken into police custody. The firearm never left the student’s vehicle, and investigating officers do not believe there was intent to use it at West Allegheny. The student has been taken into police custody.

We appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.

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