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Four loaded guns and 600 rounds of ammo found in student’s car at high school

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The guns, ammunition and knives found in the student’s car at MHS.

by Tom Chillemi

A student who allegedly brought four loaded guns onto Middlesex High School property has been charged with a felony, reported Major M.E. Sampson of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.

According to police, Austin James Martin, 18, of Deltaville, was arrested at Middlesex High School without incident on Friday, December 12, after police found weapons in his vehicle. The student is charged with a felony under Virginia Code section 18.2-308.1, which prohibits possession of firearms on school property.

Detectives recovered four loaded firearms, including a shotgun, rifle, two handguns, several knives, and over 600 rounds of ammunition, reported Major Sampson.

Major Sampson emphasized the MHS student body was not in danger, and Martin cooperated with law enforcement and school officials.

The student was taken before a magistrate and then released on a $1,500 unsecured bond. He is not permitted back on school property. Martin is scheduled to appear in Middlesex General District Court on January 5 at 8:30 a.m.

This is an ongoing investigation and investigators are still looking into this incident, said Major Sampson. Anyone with information should call the Middlesex Crime Line at 758-5600. Callers do not have to identify themselves.

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posted 12.17.2014

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