On May 7, 2012, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) was contacted by the Parker Police Department (PPD) School Resource Officer (SRO) for Legend High School in reference to information about a vehicle on school property (Chaparral High School) that may have guns in it.
The Sheriff’s Office SRO and Douglas County School District (DCSD) staff acted swiftly and isolated the vehicle and the parties associated with the car. The vehicle was unattended and guns were located.
The Parker Police Department SRO for Legend High School, working with School District staff and other police department officers, was able to search two student vehicles, which resulted in a knife being found in each vehicle.
Parker PD, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Douglas County School District worked together on the investigation and determined that these two incidents were related to circumstances that occurred outside of the school.
Detectives were also able to confirm that there was never a plot or credible threat to damage any school or harm any students at either school. No injuries were reported and it was determined that what occurred was an isolated incident.
On May 14, 2012, detectives arrested the student that brought the guns to Chaparral. He has been indentified as:
Markkus DeHerrera 19 (YOM), he was booked in to the Douglas County Detention Facility on the following charges: 18-12-105 C6F Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds and 18-9-117 C3M Unlawful Conduct on Public Property. DeHerrera was released later that day on a $3,000 bond.
A case has been filed with the District Attorney’s Office against a 16 year old male on the charge of:
18-9-111(1) (a) C3M Harassment
Student safety is of utmost concern and we encourage students and staff to be vigilant and report any incidents to school administrators or law enforcement immediately.