Undersheriff: Rifle At Indian River HS Was Loaded

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The rifle which was brought to Indian River High School on Wednesday was loaded.

That's according to Jefferson County Undersheriff Paul Trudeau.

He also said the 15 year old boy who brought the rifle to school had no accomplice.

On Wednesday, Detective Dave Pustizzi said the boy brought the rifle to school as part of a detailed plan put into action several months ago.

He said the plan included violence, but wouldn't elaborate.

A teacher grabbed the rifle away from the teen.

"He had planned each step of the way on what he was going to do and how he was going do it and we do believe that if that teacher hadn't had acted when he did, somebody could have probably been hurt," said Trudeau.

The teen was still being interviewed about the incident Thursday and had not yet been charged with a crime, according to the undersheriff.

Trudeau said the boy and his parents are being cooperative.

The undersheriff said the teen, whose name was not released, will be detained overnight until it's determined if charges will be filed.

Trudeau said the boy would be either held in the jail, given a mental health evaluation or taken to a juvenile detention facility.

"The suspect that was involved is a juvenile so we've got to be careful on what route we take on this," said Trudeau.

He was unsure if the teen was detained Wednesday night.

The county District Attorney's Office said it has been in contact with the sheriff's department about the investigation and will become involved if adult criminal charges are filed against him.

The teacher who seized the rifle from the teen spoke with 7 News on Thursday.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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