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Weapon for pot swap leads to Central Valley High School lockout

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says a tip of a possible crime sent Central Valley High School into a lockout situation Wednesday morning.

Investigators say the school resource office received at tip at approximately 10:20am, about a student who had a pistol but had left campus. 

The student reportedly brought the weapon to school with the intention of trading it later to another student off campus for marijuana.  Knowing the student had left the school, Central Valley High School was placed on "lockout” as a precaution to ensure the safety of students and staff while the incident was investigated.  

According to investigators, approximately 15 minutes later, additional School Resource Deputies, assisted by Spokane Valley Deputies, located the juvenile suspect and several other juveniles at a home in the 400 block of N. Sommer.  

The juvenile was arrested and a pistol was recovered.

Officials say a second student reported to be involved in the “trade”, later identified as 18-year-old Kenski Biten, was quickly detained at the school.

Biten is a felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.  He was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Facilities and Unlawful Possession of a Pistol.  

The involved juvenile is also a felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm.  He was booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Facilities and Unlawful Possession of a Pistol.

 

 


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