North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

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April 3, 2014

Tarrant man arrested for brandishing gun, cursing at students near school

TARRANT — Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man whom they say was flashing a weapon near a school Thursday morning.

Antonio Wilson, 32, of Tarrant was spotted as a school resource officer came on duty at about 9 a.m. at the Jefferson County Counseling Learning Center, an alternative school on Long Street. The SRO saw Wilson on the campus, where he was shouting and cursing at students. When the officer confronted Wilson, he left the campus and returned to his home nearby.

Additional deputies and Tarrant Police went to the house, where Wilson surrendered and handed over his gun.

The school was put on lockdown while deputies dealt with the suspect.

The alternative school is located less than a mile from Tarrant High School, and about two miles from Fultondale High. Neither school took any action as a result of the incident, and classes continued as normal.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian said that warrants are being sought against Wilson for terroristic threatening, criminal trespass, carrying a pistol without a license and menacing.

"This had the potential to go downhill in a hurry," Christian said. "Our SRO got on top of this very quickly, and obviously that was the key to keeping those children safe. We want to thank Tarrant Police also."

Wilson is lodged in the Birmingham City Jail pending formal charges.

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