Teen aims gun at kids, schools shelter in place

Posted at 11:42 AM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 11:42:56-04

A teen is under arrest after he allegedly pointed a gun at students, forcing two schools to go into “shelter in place” mode while police tracked him down.

It happened around 8am Thursday morning in Olean. A School Resource Officer was told about a man standing on North Fifth Street that had pointed a gun at some students.

Olean middle and high schools were put into “shelter in place” mode as Olean Police and state troopers responded. When officers arrived, they say they spotted 19-year-old Jacob Whitehorn and he took off running.

After a brief chase, Whitehorn was taken into custody. Police say while running, Whitehorn threw a BB gun that was a replica of an automatic handgun. The gun was recovered.

Whitehorn is charged with felony tampering with evidence, misdemeanor counts of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of governmental administration, two counts of second degree menacing and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, as well as violations of disorderly conduct and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

The “shelter in place” was lifted.