17-year-old Taariq Moore has been arrested after bringing a loaded firearm to his Des Moines, Iowa high school. When a police officer stepped in, the teen began threatening and fighting with the man.
Moore has been charged on one count of possessing weapons while on school property, according to police reports. It is expected that more charges are to come. Moore will be tried as an adult.
The incident began when a school security officer tried to stop and talk to Moore about a fight that he had with another student that took place off of school grounds. It is thought that he also possessed a gun at that time, as well.
Allegedly, Moore, a senior in high school, was acting very suspicious and strongly battled being apprehended by the resource officer. As a result, he and the officer both received some injuries. The police officer then discovered a loaded .45-caliber firearm in Taariq Moore’s bookbag.
Moore was immediately taken into custody by authorities and the high school was not placed on lockdown. School officials believed that there was no further threat to the students because Moore was carrying the gun due to situations that occurred outside of school.
After being brought into custody, Taariq Moore reportedly told authorities that he was going to go back to the school and kill the man who initially arrested him. He also expressed his nonchalant feelings on the shooting deaths of two Iowa police officers in the past.
Officials aimed to ease any worry from students and families about this incident being related to a recent rise in threats toward schools in the state of Iowa. They said that this situation was not connected to any other events and that it was simply a result of Taariq Moore’s very idiotic decisions and poor behavior.