On 12/13/16 at approximately 10:15 AM RiverCom dispatch received a weapons compliant at Bridgeport High School.
The information was that there was a male in the parking lot with a pistol. Deputies arrived and located the suspect vehicle within 11 minutes. There was a single male occupant. Deputies immediately spotted a pistol in the center console. They took custody of it and found it was loaded. The subject was removed from the vehicle and detained without injury or incident.
The school had immediately gone into a lockdown. Investigation revealed that the suspect was 24 year old Armando Morales-Cervantes of Bridgeport. The incident also involved a 17 year old female and a 17 year old male who attended the high school. It appeared that the suspect and the female had been in a dating relationship. The suspect sent the female text messages from his car in the parking indicating he would kill the other male or himself. She reported the messages to school officials who called 9-1-1.
Morales-Cervantes was arrested for Felony Harassment (threats to kill), possessing a firearm on school grounds, and possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. He was booked at the Okanogan County Jail. The pistol was a Ruger 9mm and had not been reported stolen.
The Deputies did an excellent job responding to and investigating this incident. I was also impressed at the effective measures the school took to protect their students and staff. Their level of cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office was remarkable.