MPs had ‘high risk’ traffic stopped to catch 3 suspects at football game

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Following the shooting during a football game at West Creek High School on Friday, deputies conducted a “high risk traffic stop” and arrested three people ages 16, 17 and 18 years old.

The incident began with a report of suspicious activity in the school parking lot, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Mark Wojnarek. Assistants working in the game responded.

One of the suspects then fired a shot with a handgun while leaving the parking lot. The suspects attempted to flee, but deputies were able to identify their vehicle and conduct a high-risk traffic stop, taking all three suspects into custody, Wojnarek said.

The gun, which was fired by the 16-year-old, was also recovered.

None of the suspects attended school in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. Investigators continue to process evidence, comb through witness statements and process new information, Wojnarek said.

“Through the quick action and response we had to this incident, we have identified these three individuals, and with the information we have so far, they have been appropriately charged,” said Sheriff John Fuson. “Our investigation is still ongoing. Our investigators will determine what happened before these shots were fired, locate any additional suspects and also charge them appropriately.

“We have been and will continue to be relentless in our preparation for and response to any act of violence on school property. Examples must be given of anyone putting our schools, students and staff at risk. I intend to make sure that is what happens with this incident.

All three have been charged:

  • The 18-year-old was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
  • The 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of carrying a weapon on school property.
  • The 17-year-old was charged with one count of aiding and abetting after the fact.

This investigation may lead to additional charges being filed against these subjects or others.

Martin E. Berry