Nurse finds loaded handgun in backpack, police arrest father after SWAT situation

CREATED Dec. 20, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec. 21, 2012

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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A school nurse found a loaded handgun in a student's backpack Thursday, which led police to a SWAT situation on Park Avenue.

Sgt. Chris Widmer with TPD tells KGUN9 that the man who barricaded himself inside the house was located by a police K-9 officer and is being taken to a hospital for treatment of his dog bite.

He will then be placed under arrest.

Widmer says this all started when officers responded to Keeling Elementary School at 10:45 a.m. Thursday after a school nurse found a loaded handgun in a student's backpack.

The 6-year-old had gone to the nurse because the student was not feeling well, and thats when the nurse found the gun.

Police arrived and then proceeded to go to the child's home. In the process of doing that, they found that the father has a warrant for a parole violation.

When officers responded to the house, an adult male inside the home barricaded himself inside.

Police closed Park Avenue from Blacklidge to Glenn while hostage negotiators and SWAT responded.

Officers received information that the person inside the house may be armed.

They sent in a robot with a camera, and a K-9 officer was able to locate the man. He is the father of the student who had the gun in a backpack.

Investigators will now return to find out why the student had the gun to begin with.

Widmer says there were no threats to students, and the school did not go on lockdown. The gun never left the student's backpack.