By Victor O'Brien

Killeen Daily Herald

A 16-year-old student armed with a gun prompted tight security and a search at an area school Tuesday.

Harker Heights police detained the juvenile around 9 a.m. Tuesday after reports surfaced that he stole a gun and might have been headed to Harker Heights High School.

The Harker Heights police learned that the boy returned home from school, stole a gun and then disappeared when they received a call around 8 a.m., a department news release stated Tuesday.

They notified police with the Killeen Independent School District, who placed extra officers at entrances in case the boy returned to school.

"We were just afraid he was going back to the school," Harker Heights Lt. Loretta Fox said Tuesday. "Nobody knew where he was; that was the problem."

A joint search ensued until the boy was found with a loaded gun about an hour later. He was walking about two miles from the school in the opposite direction along Chaparral Road.

He was detained to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Police were uncertain what caused the boy to steal the gun.

KISD deferred comments to Harker Heights police Tuesday.

Contact Victor O'Brien at or (254) 501-7468. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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