School cop at West high seizes student’s loaded gun

A Madison West High School student was arrested after a loaded gun was found in his backpack, says Madison Police.

Tyrese T. Williams was arrested on Jan. 21 after police say a loaded gun was in his backpack. (Source: Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Police department spokesman Joel DeSpain said a school resource officer was notified Tuesday morning that a student may have a gun in the building.

DeSpain said the gun was found in Tyrese T. Williams’ backpack. The 18-year-old was arrested for possessing a firearm in a school zone.

According to Tim Lemonds, the school district spokesperson, in an interview with NBC15 News: “The way the principal and her team and especially our educational resource officer — the way they were able to respond quickly and isolate this student and make that area safe for other students, to address the issue — was exactly the way we train.”

More from WMTV-15.

15-year-old car thief ‘arrested multiple times’

From the Madison police blotter: 01-18-2020 — Mother Nature assisted in the apprehension of a teen, who is well known to the MPD, Saturday afternoon.

Officers had been sent to Birch Hill Drive (in Meadowood) after a community member noticed a SUV with its rear windows open. It had been that way all night. The witness knows the area to be one where car thieves have dumped vehicles in the past, and saw the situation — in the middle of a Wisconsin winter — as potentially suspicious.

As officers arrived, they saw a 15-year-old near a stolen Honda Pilot.

The teen has been arrested multiple times in the past for offenses like operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, entry into locked vehicle, burglary, and battery.

At the moment, the suspect was asking a homeowner, who was out clearing snow from his driveway, if he (the teen) could borrow a scraper to clear the windows of the Pilot. Officers sneaked up on the teen. He tried to run, but did not go far. He was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

Officers receive information on a daily basis from the M-P-D’s Criminal Intelligence Section regarding vehicles that are currently stolen that officers should attempt to locate. Currently there are 17 vehicles on what is known as the “Hot Sheet.”

The MPD works hard to find and return vehicles to their owners; however, per MPD policy, officers very infrequently engage in a pursuits out of concern for community safety.

⇒ Dylan Brogan is up on Isthmus with “A rotten semester; Madison school district says it has ‘hit the reset button’ at Jefferson Middle School.”

⇒ What’s the priority of Madison city government? The Common Council tonight (01-21-2020) accepted the report of the Police Policy & Procedure Review ad hoc committee with only Ald. Skidmore voting no.

⇒ Madison’s public schools need a no-nonsense reformer, a wise man writes in The Capital Times.

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16 Responses to School cop at West high seizes student’s loaded gun

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    That KID is a STUDENT???

    Had he been wearing a MAGA hat, by now AnonyBob, et al, would have him drawn-n-quartered…after torture!

    The Gotch


  2. Butch says:

    What a shame you weren’t elected. The city really needs a codger to sputter indecipherably about this issue at board meetings. That coulda been you, DB!


  3. Tom Paine says:

    Winner, winner; chicken dinner. Nope……….too unfair. Restorative justice required. Get dat boy a new Corvette. Social and Economic Justice.


  4. Sprocket says:

    It looks like we’ve found the first member of the police review board.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. dad29 says:

    What’s the betting on prior (juvie) criminal convictions, thus making him a “prohibited person”?


  6. Fred says:

    He is 18, he is an adult, he could (and should) do jail time. Or will he be reformed by the restorative justice program. Or has he been in that program before (he would have to be in the graduate program). It will be interesting to see how this turns out.


    • geo_ says:

      What is the penalty for having a gun in a gun free zone? I thought the NRA was against gun free zones, could he have been a good guy with a gun?
      As for all the car thefts, maybe we need a better mass transit system?


  7. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    What’s the problem? He looks like a fine, upstanding young scholar to me. Imagine what a joy it must be for a teacher at West HS to face a roomful of such specimens on a daily basis, all of them eager to benefit from the wisdom of their elders and grateful for the opportunity to expand their intellectual horizons.


  8. George's Son says:

    Dreadlocks, neck tats, and that vacuous look. Yep, seems like the average HS student these days in good ol’ Mad City. In his 20’s he’ll certainly be a SOLID job candidate…. for the new police oversight committee.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      By then his rap sheet will be ten times longer than anyone else’s resume.


      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        ”By then his rap sheet will be ten times longer than anyone else’s resume.”

        C’mon Gary, the least you could do is provide a SPOILER ALERT

        The Gotch


        • George's Son says:

          Gotch, Good catch, I missed that. Yep, just turn ’em loose so in their 20-30’s their “learning curve” in the County of Dane is complete. Thus -No lack of oversight committee candidates for the future….


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