MORGAN TOWNSHIP | A Morgan Township High School student was arrested Friday morning after school officials learned he had a firearm in his vehicle, authorities said.
Ryan Gaddis, 18, of Kouts, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a Class D felony.
Kouts Police Chief James Smith said a student told school administrators they believed Gaddis had firearm in his vehicle.
When school officials spoke to Gaddis and confirmed he had a combination 410/22 under over rifle/shotgun in his vehicle, they called School Resource Officer Sgt. Dale Marshall, of the Kouts Police Department.
Marshall and a school administrator retrieved the weapon along with 140 rounds of ammunition held in a bandoleer, a knife, a baton and night vision goggles, Smith said.
According to Smith, Gaddis said he had no intention of harming other students, he had the items for his own protection and he had forgotten the items were in his vehicle. He said he was going to take the items to a relative’s home.
Gaddis was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Porter County Jail.