PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – Police are applauding the actions of two 9-yr-previous boys who discovered a handgun lodged in the snow whereas waiting for the varsity bus.
It was something however a mean day for 9-yr olds Sam Gonzales and Landry Collins.
“I knew right away that it was only a actual gun,” Sam informed KSTU.
The boys have been ready for their faculty bus on Friday morning in their Nice Grove neighborhood when one in every of them observed something stuck in the ice near the sidewalk.
“I type of thought it was a telephone,” stated Landry.
“I assumed it was a harmonica so I started chipping up the ice,” Sam stated.
The 2 started to break away the ice to see what was beneath, “right here is the place the set off was,” Landry stated pointing to an imprint of the gun now left behind within the snow and ice.
“It scared me quite a bit,” stated Sam.
The boys had found a handgun, dropped the night time earlier than by a person who police consider used that very gun to carry a lady hostage inside their residence – prompting a SWAT standoff.
The incident ultimately led to the arrest of 38-yr-previous Nicholas William Haun.
“This could be from the police stuff occurring the night time earlier than,” stated Landry considering again to Thursday night time.
Figuring out what that they had found, the boys obtained help.
“Everybody was getting nervous they usually have been shouting, ‘There’s a gun over here!’” stated Landry’s older brother, Brody. “I used to be like, ‘We should always simply tell someone and depart it alone.”
The boys decided to go away the gun alone and notify their faculty bus driver when she arrived. Police stated she took the gun and stored it (and the youngsters) protected till police might get there.
The boys credit score their sensible considering with having a primary information of weapons.
“I’ve been advised that you need to deal with every gun like it’s loaded,” Landry stated.
“I don’t assume we might have achieved any higher,” Brody added.
Police stated they are grateful the youngsters didn’t contact the weapon and as an alternative alerted an grownup.
“It’s okay to show your youngsters about guns, they can be very dangerous and on this state of affairs, it might have very nicely have been,” stated Officer Steven Brinton with the Pleasant Grove Police Department.